A little back and forth between a couple of ex-Seattle Seahawks made its way to Dearborn after Monday night's Detroit Lions practice.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Percy Harvin, who once got into some fisticuffs with both Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate while the three were teammates in Seattle, recently made some comments about his former teammates in a profile by The Buffalo News. Harvin claimed in the interview that both scuffles were initiated by Baldwin and Tate, both of whom felt threatened by Harvin's presence while in Seattle. He added that the two former teammates went out of their way to make him feel uncomfortable (via The Buffalo News):
"It was a constant thing," Harvin said. "It was something that got under my skin. I felt like they were acting like kids." [...]
"I was like, ‘Whoa, buddy, I'm your teammate! Let's get it together and let's go out there and kill people. If you all were already doing this, imagine what we could do with me in there!' But I just kept getting, ‘If he comes back, he comes back. If not, we're good without him.' Finally, I wanted to say something."
On Monday night, Tate responded to his ex-teammate's comments when asked by local reporters. While he mostly took the high road, both praising Harvin as a player and downplaying the rocky relationship the two receivers had in the past, he managed to throw a bit of shade when mentioning Harvin's numerous stops in the league (via the Detroit Free Press):
"I know it didn't work out with the Vikings, the Seahawks or the Jets, so I hope the best for him out there in Buffalo. I think it's a great fit for him and I want to see him ball out."