Once word got out that the NFLPA investigated and fined the Seattle Seahawks for having too much contact during a minicamp practice, many were quick to scream foul. Even comparisons to the New England Patriots‘ “Spygate” flooded the Twitterverse and message boards everywhere. I guess that’s what happens when you are sitting on top of the NFL and social media allows for such quick judgment – with or without details.
Soon thereafter, word started to get around that the fine could have possibly been a result of a scuffle between CB Richard Sherman and WR Phil Bates. A scuffle between a cornerback and wide receiver competing against each other? How enormously common!
Yesterday, an unnamed source with direct knowledge to the situation confirmed that the NFLPA fine was a result of Sherman and Bates getting a little rough. That is hardly something worth comparing to Spygate. You can choose to believe this piece of information or you can be cynical about it.
The Seahawks will need to adjust to this kind of attention if they haven’t already. The fine should be, and probably will be, forgotten by most people. I would imagine that some people will still try to hold on to this as a way to discredit the Seahawks, but that’s the way it goes when you’re the defending champs.
Seattle will lose two two minicamp practices next year and is believed to have been fined more than $300,000 for the incident. Now it’s time to move on.