akscoundrel wrote:I think people are confusing Percy's 'I want to win/succeed' attitude with being a diva. Percy is more of a 'I demand success' kind of guy than he is a 'throw me the damn ball even if I'm covered' t.o type of guy. All in all, he holds people accountable.
Being a life long gator fan and percy being my all time fav gator, it was a blast watching him. I'm sure there is a *small* element of diva to him, but not to the extent that butthurt Vikings fans make him out to be. He just demands success and holds people accountable.
OMG. You are accurate. More accurate than you realize. Harvin to date, has definitely been all about "I
want to succeed" and "I
want success". No mention of team
in that. "Butthurt Viking fans"? That's pretty chilly, all things considered. As a close follower of Harvin's, you are likely familiar with what really
went down in Minnesota (and Florida). If you forgot, let me remind you.
Harvin had 3 problems with the Vikes. In order:
1) Upon learning his former teammate Aaron Hernandez got a lucrative extension from the Pats, Harvin said he'd "sit out the year" if he didn't get the same deal. He didn't, but had no leverage... but coincidently, that's when the migraines began. Along with virus', missed practices, missed camp, missed games, missed rookie symposium, etc. Some say he missed more practices than he attended. I don't see anything resembling "a demand for excellence" in any of that.
2) The Vikes, needing to bring in a #1 WR, were negotiating a deal to bring in Mike Wallace. Harvin, aware of Wallace's expected salary, told the Vike FO that he'd "sit the year" (again) if they brought in Wallace. He then threw a barbell at Childress and challenged him to a fistfight. Harvin clearly didn't give a damn about the team.
3) Ponder was not Favre. Harvin melted down on National TV and launched a profanity laced tirade against Leslie Frazier because Ponder sucked. This is the game Harvin sprained his ankle. The initial prognosis for the ankle was 2-3 weeks. But instead of rehabbing with the team, he took off elsewhere and wouldn't say where. This is when the FO decided to put "the most dangerous man in football", also on pace for MVP honors, on IR, with 2 months of football left.
They decided right then, they were finished with Harvin. I applaud those "butt hurt Vikes" for that.
As a Gator fan, you recall him grabbing an assistant coach by the throat and throwing him to the ground. You likely recall Urban Meyer covering for both he and Hernandez over their pot smoking. This was later substantiated when Harvin pissed dirty at the combine. This is all public knowledge. Google for validation.
I am just glad we have a championship team without
Harvin. If we were building a team around him, I'd be nervous. Have we already been stung by Harvin? Did the team docs clear him to play, but he chose to have the surgery now, instead of following their recommendation he do so in the off-season?
Let's not get carried away because Harvin is now a Hawk. In reality, this deal is what's wrong with Pro sports. Act up, be a cancer and be rewarded handsomely when you're shipped off elsewhere. In signing Harvin, we perpetuated this madness. Had Harvin signed with SF, this forum would loathe him for his past. Instead, he was just "demanding excellence" and "holding people accountable". C'mon people. That's just vomit inducing.
I fully expect to get flamed for not falling in line and sugarcoating the story of Percy Harvin. Doing so will say more about you, than me. You want to flame someone? flame Harvin. He wrote the story, I'm just reporting it.
I will say here that despite his numerous transgressions, I am STOKED he's a Seahawk. I will also say here.... that makes me a hypocrite. So be it. I'm a hypocrite that needs a championship.