February 9, 2010

Portis vs. LaVar

Clinton Portis and LaVar Arrington each have big egos.

And they clearly don't like each other.

Arrington has a big microphone in front of him at 106.7 The Fan. He has teamed up with Chad Dukes to give us our daily dose of Redskins news every afternoon. Arrington is a still a popular figure in DC and he has a big audience across the Metro area.

He rips the Redskins right and left, but seriously, who doesn't these days. Even the Snyder-owned ESPN 980 does that.

Anyway, Portis also has a big audience. He's a star for the Washington Redskins and will speak to anything resembling a microphone. Seeing as he's a star, people will listen.

Portis sounded off into a microphone last week on NFL Network, saying that his arrival in DC in 2004 led to LaVar's departure after the 2005 season.

"And coming to D.C., it was like all of the sudden in D.C., some of the players feel like it was a money situation, who getting the money is a captain," Portis said. "LaVar Arrington was the man in D.C. when I arrived, and all of the sudden LaVar felt like it was competition, and he left D.C. He didn't want to be in D.C. any more. He gave back $15, 20 million to leave D.C., because he felt like he wasn't the main money guy, because everybody was getting [paid]. Laveranues [Coles], myself, Deion was still getting paid, so he even had input. So I think it was just the wrong attitude, and I think for some of the beliefs that was funneled through, it was like whoever gets the money was the captain."

So there was obviously an in-house leadership issue going on between LaVar and Portis. CP did emerge as the face of the 'Skins in 2005 just as Arrington was beginning to fall out of favor.

To sum up the quote, Portis essentially said that LaVar couldn't handle the competition and left.

LaVar's ego didn't take kindly to that. On Monday, he ripped Portis a new one on his show.

Dan Steinberg from the DC Sports Bog has the audio and transcripts right here. Trust me listen to the audio. LaVar was genuinely pissed off. VERY pissed off, in fact.

He questions Portis' heart and dedication to the Redskins while defending himself as a team player. And he makes a compelling case.

I was never a huge LaVar fan, but after listening to the audio and hearing the respect he had for some of the Redskins from 10 years back, I'm finding myself liking him a bit more.

As for CP, his leash has to be getting shorter. He has put his foot in his mouth numerous times since he's been in Washington. Since the end of the 2009 season alone, he has trashed Jason Campbell and dissed a fan favorite in Arrington.

His poor play isn't giving him a free pass either. In the past, Portis was too good to reprimand. Now, coming off a season and a half of injuries and a lack of production, he's becoming expendable. Should be interesting to see how Mike Shanahan deals with him this offseason.

Odds are it won't be pretty.

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