The skirmish that took place late in the third quarter of Baltimore's 26-10 victory has been a hot topic on the radio and television airwaves and has grown into a classic he said/she said exchange. However, a much better angle of the incident shot by a cameraman from Miami's CBS affiliate WFOR is pretty damning to McClain and, in his day-after press conference, Sparano answered whether or not he felt like he had enough evidence to support Crowder's claim by saying, "Absolutely, yeah. I have enough evidence, yeah."
Normally, Sparano puts an end to that line of questioning by reminding reporters that it had nothing to do with the outcome of the game and that the matter is being handled internally. But this was something that clearly bothered him as much as it did Crowder.
"It's upsetting to me," he said. "There are a lot of things that go on in this game from a talking standpoint and trash-talking standpoint. I had a player on the sideline and I'm standing there on the sideline (Sunday) and I had a player talking trash to me from the other team -- and I didn't say one word to the guy. Now, that being said, that's part of the game. I get it. I mean that's whatever floats your boat out there, OK. But -- and really, I don't think it's part of the game, OK ... but to some of them that's what gets them going -- but this whole deal here about spitting in somebody's face, nowhere in this game do I see any place for that. I just don't."
Fellow inside linebacker Karlos Dansby was still livid a day later, and Crowder left the locker room without talking to reporters on Monday because he felt like he said more than enough on Sunday after the game. Dansby admitted he initially encouraged Crowder to go back out on the field and finish it, but then he pulled him back realizing that would hurt the team because Crowder would be ejected.
"He should be suspended, man, for the rest of the season," Dansby said of McClain. "You can't have that kind of play in this game. I don't care how much trash is being talked on the field, you can't pull a stunt like that. He crossed a line. As man, you spit in somebody's face, you crossed the line. Where I'm from, that'll get you killed, straight up. That's around the world, period."
Cornerback Benny Sapp felt Crowder showed impressive restraint in that situation and agreed with Dansby as to how wrong that type of action is.
"It would definitely throw me into a rage if somebody spit in my face," Sapp said. "I can understand where he's (Crowder) coming from. That's fighting words to me. That's not football no more. That's to another level. The way he handled it I think he did a real good job. To be honest with you, that could have went real crazy. If that was me ..."
Calls to the NFL seeking comment were not immediately returned.