Report: Cardinals Darnell Dockett, Kerry Rhodes involved in ‘on-field incident’
Darnell Dockett and Kerry Rhodes, two members of the Arizona Cardinals’ defense, were involved in an on-field “incident” Sunday in which Dockett spit in Rhodes’ face, according to multiple reports.
Arizona sports radio station KTAR first reported the incident, which will reportedly lead to “disciplinary action” on Dockett. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio later reported, citing a “source with knowledge of the situation,” that Dockett spat in Rhodes’ face over a disagreement the two players had late in the team’s 7-6 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.
Florio reported that the Cardinals defense agreed to let the Jets, who were leading 7-6, to score late in the fourth quarter. It would have stretched their lead to 14-6 (with an extra point) but given the Cardinals the only plausible chance to drive down the field and force overtime.
Dockett, however, did not agree with the defense’s decision. When Rhodes was persuading him to get on board, he spit in his face, Florio reported.
Jets running back Shonn Greene made the point moot when he decided to fall to the ground at the 1-yard line, allowing the Jets to run out the clock.
Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt declined to comment on the situation when asked on KTAR.
“We generally prefer to keep internal matters like that within the team and not discuss them publicly,” he said. “I think we’re going to continue to do that going forward.”