Spitting Mad: Sparano Says He Has Proof of Spit-Gate

Coach plans to send evidence to NFL of Le'Ron McClain spitting on Channing Crowder

By Todd Wright
|  Monday, Nov 8, 2010  |  Updated 2:58 PM EDT
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JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 21: Head coach Tony Sparano of the Miami Dolphins watches the action during a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on August 21, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Spit-gate has officially taken over the Miami Dolphins locker room.

Not that coaches shouldn't be busy trying to correct the myriad of mistakes after an embarrassing 26-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but it appears Coach Tony Sparano has broken out his CSI kit to prove one of his player's was spat on.

Sparano told reporters Monday he has proof that Ravens Pro Bowl fullback Le'Ron McClain hocked a loogie in the face of linebacker Channing Crowder during a play in the third quarter of the game.

Crowder, who was talking smack to the Ravens players before the game, was steaming mad in the locker room and went on a profanity-laced tirade that took on McClain, the Ravens, the officials and great author, Anne Frank.

"This deal about spitting in somebody's face, nowhere in this game do I see any place for that," said Sparano, reports ProFootballTalk.nbcsports.com.

We are just hoping coach didn't save the fresh loogie in a napkin or seal it in a plastic bag for league officials.

McClain has denied spitting on Crowder.

Other players have also come to the aid of Crowder, who has a knack for getting under the opposing teams' skin while not really having a discernible impact on any game. This time, he called Ravens receiver Derrick Mason an "old guy," which sparked a war of words between the two teams.

Then came the alleged incident, which likely took place when Crowder rushed into the Ravens backfield to call a time out. he was met by McClain and the two went face mask-to-face mask, the perfect opportunity for a spit match.

The NFL has not commented on the issue yet. There have been several high-profile Spit-gates in the NFL in recent years.

Terrell Owens spat in DeAngelo Hall's face in 2007 and then there was the infamous Bill Romanowski "spit bomb seen round the world" at J.J. Stokes that turned into a big racial issue.

In both cases, the spitting players were not suspended by the league or their teams.

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