Pro Football Talk has been reporting it for a couple of days, and the AP's gotten on the bandwagon today: It seems that Cleveland Browns defensive end Shaun Smith punched teammate Brady Quinn's face in a weight room altercation.
Tight end Darnell Dinkins backed up the story during a radio interview, saying that Smith left some kind of a mark on Quinn's grill.
Skip Bayless is not going to like this. Unless he's into that rugged, weathered look, in which case the affection might only grow. And that's fine. I think the relationship Philip Seymour Hoffman and Mark Wahlberg had in Boogie Nights was beautiful, and if Skip's admiration for Brady could blossom into something like that, well, there can never be too much love in the world.
No one seems to have any details about what started the fight, and Romeo Crennel wouldn't say anything about it. He didn't deny it, though.
“I never talk about family business,” Crennel said. “I haven’t talked about family business since I’ve been here. So I’m not going to address it at this point or start talking about it. If it happened, it stays in house.”
Unfortunately, Crennel's probably the guy who stands to lose the most from the fight. Whether or not he remains employed as the Browns head coach could be decided in the next week or so.
A four-win season is one thing, but the perception that he can't control his locker room would be another thing entirely. Smith and Quinn might as well have just cut out the middle man, and socked Romeo in the nose.