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There are moments that make you cringe to be a journalist. A ProFootballTalk.com report on Monday regarding the Cardinals is one such moment.
Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett and safety Kerry Rhodes were allegedly involved in some sort of incident that drew plenty of chatter on Twitter following the Cardinals 7-6 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday in New Jersey. Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, ProFootballTalk reported that Dockett spit in Rhodes face.
According to the report, the Cardinals defense planned to let the Jets score a touchdown late in the game to take a 14-6 lead because that tactic would have given the Cardinals the ball back with a chance to force overtime: The only problem? Dockett didnt want to let the Jets score. And so he resisted. And he resisted. And eventually, as Rhodes was trying to persuade Dockett to go along, Dockett let his saliva do the talking.
During an interview with Arizona Sports 620 on Monday, coach Ken Whisenhunt said: We generally prefer to keep internal matters like that within the team and not discuss them publicly. I think were going to continue that going forward.
We will probably never get the full details of what happened, although Dockett appeared to be referencing the report on Monday night when he tweeted the following.
Two sides to every story! But everyone needs a escape goat! Everyone need to point the finger at some one. It won't be first or the last!"
In the end maybe I care to much, to loyal to s that's not loyal to me. Maybe I should be like other 's and just don't give a f."
Anyway I can't tell y'all the truth or how I feel cuz they watching my tweets smh. Oh and by the way when I'm wrong I say it. Just a FYI.
Meanwhile, in an e-mail released by the Cardinals on Tuesday morning, Rhodes wrote this:
Yes, we had a disagreement on the field but, no he did NOT spit in my face. Im not going to get into all the details because I think those are things you keep within the team. But Darnell and I talked after the game, were both moving on, and Ill leave it at that.
Regardless of the details, it is fair, first, to question whether this story is even newsworthy. Internal spats occur all the time in the locker room and on the field. There are times when a story is important enough that quoting unnamed sources is a necessary evil, but does this meet that standard?
Even more worrisome, and perhaps irresponsible, is jumping to the conclusion that this is a sign the Cardinals, mired in an eight-game losing streak, are coming apart internally. As we stated above, teammates have spats all the time. When you work together in such physically and mentally demanding conditions, its going to happen.
Beyond that, anybody who knows Rhodes and Docketts disparate personalities knows these two guys arent exactly hanging out together after games, anyway. About the only thing the two have in common is that they play defense for the Arizona Cardinals.
But, hey, in today's TMZ-inspired world of journalism, this moves the needle, and that's what much of our business has become. Maybe were guilty of the same thing for even weighing in on what we believe is a non-story.
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In last Sunday's loss to the New York Jets, Cardinal DE Darnell Dockett was pretty adamant about the team's decision to let the Jets score late in the game so the Cards would have enough time to score a TD and a 2-pt conversion to send the game into overtime. He got so heated that he both said it and sprayed it in the direction of teammate Kerry Rhodes.
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