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Jun 19, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (12) kneels during practice at Vikings minicamp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Percy Harvin Attempts to Clarify His Situation, Only Makes it Murkier

If we’ve learned anything during these awkward first years of social media as a giant phenomenon in sports it’s that tweeting is a really crappy way to clarify yourself. Really, if you’re going to tweet your clearing-the-air statement, you might as well not make one at all. And if you really care about clearing the air? Go to the trouble of crafting a legitimate statement with your agent and release it to the regular media. Not only does that work better than tweeting, but you’ll also be giving bored newspaper writers something to do. Seriously, those guys need the action. Help them out.

Percy Harvin, he’s not big on crafting statements in conjunction with his agent. He’s not that big on talking to reporters during minicamp either as it turns out. Percy figures he can lay a couple tweets on his people and that will clear up all the business about him wanting to be traded for whatever reason. Well you tell me, do these two tweets tell you anything about anything?



One time Percy tried explaining the plot of Inception to his friend and his friend had to admit, he didn’t get it any better after the explanation. Seriously Percy, next time don’t bother. We know you have issues. Okay it’s not about money…but what is it about then? You don’t like the quarterback? You want to play quarterback? You want Leslie Frazier fired? You’ve always dreamed of having a Slurpee machine in your locker and those meanies won’t let you?

I’m starting to get the sneaking hunch Percy’s problem isn’t anything specific at all, it’s just that he doesn’t want to play for the Vikings. He’s one of these spoiled modern day athletes who thinks after a couple years grinding away on a cheap contract he should be allowed to play anywhere he wants, even though the system says he has to wait until after five years. Here’s a suggestion: Shut up and play out your contract? Oh I know, I know. They can cut him any time they want. So that gives him license to act like a baby.

Look, I wanna like Percy Harvin. He’s a fantastic receiver. If the Vikings find a QB who can get him the ball he can be a great weapon. And we know he’s tough as nails and will never dog it on the field. But I’m starting to pick up a “gaping a-hole” vibe coming off him and that puts a damper on my enthusiasm. I can overlook that stuff as long as it manifests itself in little meaningless ways – skipping minicamp cause they’re throwing you a parade, for instance – but when it drives guys to be major disruptions? When it inspires guys to basically act like the franchise is second-class and they’re too good for it and they should do right by him by trading him to a “real” team? That’s not little. That’s irritating. That’s enough to make me start rooting against a guy, just a little.

Please Percy, don’t become Bernard Berrian. That’s not a new slogan from a TV commercial. That’s a desperate plea from a fan. Just shut up and play. They’ll pay you if they think you’re worth it. And one day they’ll have a real QB and you can get in the playoffs and have the glory. Life didn’t end with Brett Favre, Percy. It was only beginning.

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