Soon after the Minnesota Vikings traded Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks, speculation started doubling as to why exactly Percy was so upset in Minnesota. Was it because the state had failed continuously to legalize marijuana? Was Harvin still disenfranchised over the Brad Childress era? Or was it just that the "future of the franchise" in quarterback Christian Ponder was awful? Many suspected the latter as Harvin had a very public spat with coach Leslie Frazier on the sidelines in a 2012 game, allegedly over the inability of Ponder to get the ball into the endzone. Further comments from Harvin after his trade to Seattle – where he lauded Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for his preparation and dedication, something he alluded to not having at the quarterback position in Minnesota – only added fuel to the fire.
But Percy wants to clear all of that up now, as he's finally broken his silence in a recent interview.
This week, Percy Harvin appeared on the Jim Rome Show to talk football. He was asked about his relationship with Ponder and about how he had left Minnesota and – officially – he had this to say:
“That was false,” Harvin said of the speculation. “Me and Christian had a great time together. I respect him a whole heck of a lot.”
“I never had a problem with (Ponder),” he continued. ”I’ve never stated I had a problem with him. I’ve never seen a problem he has had with me. He has never said he’s had a problem with me. (Ponder and Harvin were) on the same page, it’s just a lot of articles that tried to pick up on things that weren’t there.”
But don't for a second think the comments stopped there. When the mics turned off on the Rome Show, it was of course Purple Jesus Diaries who was able to gather an EXCLUSIVE audio sample that included Percy elaborating on his feelings for Ponder. Here is the transcript:
ROME: So, really man, you didn't have an issue with Ponder? Come on, bro, you can come clean. Cameras are off. Let's rap. I mean, how awful is that guy?
PERCY: Nah, Jim, it's, uh, not like that. As, uh, I've stated before, I think Ponder is fine. We never had any, uh, problems, he and I. We were on the, uh, same football team together, we played together, won, lost, even, uh, went out to dinner together as teammates. It was fine.
"I mean, so what if he, uh, has a noodle for an arm, right? And if he's colorblind at the, uh, quarterback position, which he claims makes him throw all those interceptions, and if his, uh, Master's degree from that OTHER Florida school doesn't actually add up to him being, uh, all that smart or being able to see the, uh, field and find an open receiVER WHO IS RUNNING RIGHT DOWN THE GOD DAMN MIDDLE OF THE FIELD YOU BLIND MORON OR THAT HE CAN'T EVEN THROW A PROPER SCREEN PASS TO A RECEIVERS HANDS BUT INSTEAD ITS 37 YARDS BEHIND THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE OR AT MY GOD DAMN ANKLES WHERE I CAN'T DO ANYTHING WITH IT THEN YOU WORTHLESS FLAPS OF LOOSE SKIN OR HOW YOU CAN'T EVEN REMEMBER WHICH SIDE YOU'RE NOW HANDING THE BALL OF TO THE RUNNING BACK EVEN THOUGH YOU JUST CALLED AN AUDIBLE BECAUSE YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO OUTSMART A DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR JESUS YOU ARE AN IDIOT HOW DID YOU EVER MARRY SAMANTHA STEELE SHE MUST LOVE WEARING PANTS BECAUSE SHE SURE AS SHIT DOES IN THAT RELATIONSHIP GO TO HELL MINNESOTA YOU IDIOTS.
"But no, uh, Jim, I've never had any personal issue with Christian. He's a Vikings, I'm a, uh, Seahawk, and that's just where we're leaving it, you know? I, uh, wish him the best of luck."