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Brian Eller

Again with the spitting


I think we can all agree that spitting into the face of an opponent is about the worst thing you can do. It's gross, disrespectful and can immediately elevate a hot situation to boiling. Just ask Kramer and Newman, whose lives were altered by the infamous second spitter, behind the bushes along the gravely road back on June 14, 1987.

Yet, for the second straight week, we've got rumors of a spitting incident in the National Football League. This week's comes at the hands, rather mouth, of Redskins safety LaRon Landry. According to Eagles center Mike McGlynn, Landry spit at him twice during extra-point attempts during Monday night's game at FedEx Field. Landry has since denied the accusations, saying, "I'm aggressive. I'm not that type of player."

Now, I'm a big proponent of the belief that you're "innocent until proven guilty," but in all honesty, I wouldn't be surprised if this incident proved to be true. This isn't something a player simply makes up. We've learned through recent sports history just how awful the act of spitting is (Roberto Alomar on line 1, please) and crafting this story out of thin air doesn't make any sense.

Furthermore, if it does turn out to be true, Landry should be ashamed. I would think that trying to make his point to a center during an extra point attempt would be secondary to actually keeping the Eagles out of the end zone for a few minutes. Monday night's 59-28 clinic put on by Philadelphia was disgraceful in its own way. Adding spitting accusations merely compounds the embarrassment.

The NFL is reportedly looking into this, just a week after Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder accused Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain of spitting at him during a game in Baltimore. McClain wasn't seen spitting on video replays, therefore dodging a fine by the league. We can be sure, however, the league is taking a much higher interest in this after these most recent allegations.




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