Morning Look: Portis's Practice Style
"Redskins Deal With Disgruntled Portis." Seriously? I mean, it's been what, five weeks since ESPN The Mag columnists were campaigning for Clinton Portis for MVP? And now he's benched and disgruntled, with PR guys leading him out of the locker room before the press is allowed in?
Plus, he kept calling the press "bro," as in "I ask no questions, bro." The last time he dropped so many "bros," it was right after he and Jim Zorn had exchanged heated words on the sideline during the Lions game, when he shrugged off questions by telling a reporter "I don't know bro, you've got to go and talk to [Zorn] about that." He also called reporters "my brother" and "my man" on that day. You can judge a Portis controversy by his pet names for the press.
Anyhow, while counting down the hours to today's John Thompson Show appearance, I'm hearkening back to those happy days just before Thanksgiving, when the team was coming off a win and Portis's lack of practice time was still the subject of winking quips, not fear-mongering headlines. The day before the holiday, he wore this hooded number to practice, then demonstrated for the media how the zipper could go all the way to the top of his head. Pretty special. Not everyone can dress like that at an NFL practice.
That was also the week we looked at his latest modeling campaign, so I asked some teammates to describe the Portis fashion style.
"I don't really have a handle on it," Pete Kendall said. "But maybe he can help me get my foot in the door. I've always planned on being a before model. When I retire maybe."
"What I would think is I would like some 3X clothing from him," Mike Sellers said. "No it's cool, Clinton's always had the fashion flair. Clinton has his own style. I mean, literally, the man has his own style, and I don't think too many people can copy it. He puts a lot of stuff together that most people couldn't get away with."
"To have a fashion sense, all you've got to do is have your own style," Fred Smoot said. "You know, maybe some people think it's ugly, but he most definitely has his own style. SCRANGE, that's CP's style man, and I promise you, we can only [describe] that as CP's style."
"Clinton's fashion is unusual," Jason Campbell said. "You see some of the weirdest stuff. Today he's walking around with a jacket on with the tags still on it. I'm trying to wonder, 'Clinton, why is your tag still on your jacket?' He won't tell me. I said, 'Are you returning it or something?' Like I said, he does some unusual stuff. He really hasn't been dressing up this year, wearing his uniforms, Southeast Jerome and all that, he really hasn't been doing all that. Ever since he had his child, he's more like a mature dad. You're so used to him being wild. He still wears crazy clothes. I just want to see what his baby wear."
And Portis? What did he have to say, back when there was still lightness and joy and I could ask players about their MVP's fashion sense instead of his disgruntlement?
"My style?" Portis repeated. "Unique. Different. Pushing it to the limit. I do what they don't do, the outside world. My style is mine. I never went into a store, found an outfit that was already put together. I never really bought two things that matched. I might buy a piece today and buy another piece two months from now and all of the sudden realize, 'Oh, this go together.' "
As for the tags, he said he "always have tags on my clothes. Everything in my closet new. I don't [remove tags], I just give it away. So when I give it away, it still [looks] new. I don't wear anything but one time."
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