It took Percy Harvin less than a week to become embroiled in his first controversy as a Minnesota Viking: Friday, the former Florida wide receiver was expected to report to the team’s three-day rookie minicamp, but when reporters arrived for the media session…no Percy. The dispatches immediately started going out, via Access Vikings and the like, setting off a firestorm of speculation. Had Percy already gone diva on the Vikes and refused to attend the camp? Was it some kind of hold-out ploy? Was he holed up somewhere with a pipe and a big bag of Funyuns?
We would have to wait for Brad Childress to address the media to find out where Percy was at. After the end of practice, Childress indeed revealed what is up with Harvin: he is in Atlanta, in the hospital with severe dehydration, after a vomiting attack at the airport. The coach said Percy is expected to be released in 24-48 hours.
My initial reaction was, “Okay, at least it wasn’t anything silly.” And then I thought, “Wait a second…why the hell is he getting sick at the airport? Swine flu? A bad trip? Nerves?” I would almost prefer swine flu or even the bad trip. I would hate like hell to think the guy who’s supposed to spark this Renaissance in our offense is so jittery he can’t even make the flight to rookie minicamp without hurling.
I don’t know if this report resolves the situation or not. To me, it raises more questions than it answers.