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Jim Rome weighs in on LaVar v. Portis

You know a story has gone big-time when Jim Rome is issuing "takes" on it. Either that, or you know that media members are desperate for any NFL content when they're weighing in on offseason Redskins media feuds.

Anyhow, popular opinion seems to indicate that LaVar Arrington earned a decisive victory in his word of words with Clinton Portis.

"That tape should be played at the Rookie Symposium, every single year," Mike Florio wrote on PFT.

"Lavar Arrington, you rock. I want you on my team, baby," Peter King Tweeted.

"Whatever you may think of Arrington, and that he may have been a relative disappointment for his high draft pick, he's got one heck of a future as a motivational speaker if he wants it," Doug Farrar wrote at Shutdown Corner. "And as for Clinton Portis? Head back to the wigs and funny glasses, dude."

But no one came as strong or racked as many clones as Rome, who brought the LaVar-CP issue to ESPN's afternoon viewing audience on Thursday. The video doesn't seem to be on the network's Web site, but Rome's own Web site has a transcript, complete with a photo of LaVar in a Giants uniform. This is too good not to include in full:

There's a commotion in the District, yellow tape and a chalked outline of where Janky Spanky's body was in the street. Authorities are looking for one LaVar Arrington, because what he did to Clinton Portis was criminal. Portis started tat street-fight, telling the NFL Network, in essence, that Arrington didn't want to be in Washington back in the day because he was no longer, the biggest, richest, star on that team. [Play clip of Portis.] Oh no he didn't. One thing to take a run at fullback Mike Sellers and try to get him benched, or even to call out QB Jason Campbell for not leading from the front. Quite another to take a run at Arrington.

He just swung on the wrong cat. Arrington says it wasn't about the money. It was about the leadership, something he says Portis clearly does not understand. [Play clip of LaVar.] He was just getting started. He went on to say, it was about legacy and respecting the game, something else Southeast Jerome doesn't get. [Play clip of LaVar.] That's no response, that is a massacre, a verbal murder.

Dolemite Jenkins, my man, I've always gotten a kick out of you, but Arrington just kicked the hell out of you. The referee didn't even bother to count, he waved it off before you hit the canvas. Then again, what do you expect? You were fighting way out of your weight class. A welterweight cannot hurt a heavyweight, nor can he take a heavyweight's shot. Tap-out, Janky Spanky. You can't just throw on a purple wig and some fake teeth and then go into Dolla Bill mode and try to respond to that.

Nor just roll tape on that decleater you dropped on Mathias Kiwanuka. Keep moving Sheriff Gonna Getcha, because LaVar's not playing.

Please, let CNN or the Daily Show or Focus on the Family do a segment on this beef, so I can keep milking it.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 12, 2010; 12:41 PM ET
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Way to sock it to him Lavar...the only Redskins player for about five years that made it even worth watching the Skins play.

Portis' act is way past the point of obnoxious and childish. Let's get rid of him asap so we can start focusing on getting a real starting RB.

Posted by: Section104 | February 12, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

CP26 stakes yet another claim to being the village idiot of Ashburn.

The time is long overdue to unload this ignorant, illiterate, selfish, lazy, disloyal, cancerous waste of a roster space.

Posted by: Vic1 | February 12, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I understood three words in that quotation.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 12, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Lavar and Portis. Two of the most overhyped and overpaid players in Redskins history. And two prime examples of the Synder-era gone wrong. But who is Lavar to call out Portis? Besides selling a lot of jerseys, Lavar never did much on the field. The Giants cut him and kept Skins castaway Antonio Pierce as the core of their defense that won the Super Bowl.

Posted by: loux24 | February 12, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Jim Rome is informational but always has this annoying factor to him.

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Posted by: Dlewis10 | February 12, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

loux24 - True, Lavar never quite met expectations but Antonio Pierce was hardly a Skins castaway, but he IS definitely an expample of the Snyder-era gone wrong. The Skins should have focused on re-signing him rather than going after even more "big name" free agents. Vinny dropped the ball on Pierce and it set the D back.

Posted by: Eoin12 | February 12, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

This is fun stuff!!! Still can't believe in this media, have-to-have-it-world now that people keep spouting their mouths off without even giving a wink to the chaos that could ensue.

And by the way...just like you Dan to make a poke at a group trying to promote the healthy well-being of the FAMILY! What a crime, you're a nut-job to criticize that, regardless if you think people should be pokin' around whenever they want - regardless of the results.

Posted by: dmacdc | February 12, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

You know a story has gone big time when The Bog has two links to it under recent posts, and both the "previous" and "next" links all bring you back to the same single entry.



Posted by: jayrockers | February 12, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

IMHO..Lavar got a bad deal in Dc and then got hurt and his career basically ended...But I was ahuge fan of Lavar and his menacing style of play. He brought a viciousness that this team has lacked since ST21 left us. You cant put a value on a defenses ability to scare the hell out of its opponents. Stats are nice but give me a player with passion and you give me a chance to win. The come heres who came for the money are the reason this team hasn't been as effective as hyped. the lack of accountablity due to a healthy team structure has enabled this syndrome further. Thank God we have new leadership to give us hope in the future but i'm still a fan of Snyder for wanting a winner. At least he spends. I don't agree with the statements about Lavar being a symptom of all thats been wrong with this franchise. GWilliams and Gibbs blew it on Lavar. He was a good disruptive player. i believe a clash of egos caused him to depart. But anyway...I agree with Lavar. Portis is no leader and is overpaid and he needs to go.

Posted by: scottmando | February 12, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

@loux24 -You sound like a damn fool! Portis called Arrington out. He was asked a specific question, and answered by interjecting the name of a player who is 1) no longer w/ the team, and 2) someone whom he supposedly considered a friend at one time. Botom line-Portis was way out of line to insinuate that LaVar was jealous of him and wanted out because he was not the "money guy"! What has Portis has done a decent job here, but what has he truly done besides shoot off his mouth unnecessarily?! LaVar was dead on to jump in CP's sh**!

Posted by: delfranklin4 | February 12, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Portis = Cancer! This idiot has no respect for no one but himself! Talk about an imature looser! He knows his days as a Redskin are numbered and wants to take every body else down with him! He will not admit that he has lost a step! I am sure he cries his way to sleep every night because he knows he will never be as good as Mr. JOHN RIGGINS!!!!! Portis = Bulldog Mouth and Canary-Ass!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | February 12, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for Portis to call out Dan Snyder on the day that he is cut by Bruce Allen. Portis will probably blame his lack of production on the "cheap, backstabbing, dwarfy-warfy gnome" owner for not paying him or backing him enough. And too much practice required!

Posted by: JohnWWW | February 12, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

A friend of mine met Portis when he first came to town. the first spot he hit - a bar . When asked if he was going to take the Redskins to the promised land - he stated. Why do I need to . I have already set records and ran hard for Denver. I came here to get PAID ! . I have always been told by coaches that you play like you practice- do I need to say more. I like Cp and what he is capable of on the field. But he is going downhill and his mouth is picking up the slack. Whatever happened to let your play speak for you. LaVarr was a player. he didn't say a lot , but people came to watch him play.People only watch Portis to see what he is going to say. Play or say ? Which do you want?

Posted by: tic24 | February 12, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

LaVar brought it every week. He is a man who understands football history and football leadership. Anyone that questions that is crazy. Ask Sam Huff. Ask Mike Ditka. You talk with your shoulder pads and you respect the game. LaVar has done that. I question CP. He is lacking. He told Coach Shannahan he wanted out of Denver. For what? He wanted the $, not chance for a championship. Coach was smart to get rid of him at that time. Coach is waiting to dump that fat salary and locker room cancer until the league officially says "cap free year fellas". Go Redskins and go away CP. CP was, and still is jeolous of the love Mr. Snyder showed LaVar. You will find out soon how most Snyder relationships end. I wish you the best. I hope you have a run of more than 15 yards in 2010. That will show everyone you haven't lost a step. And then you can brag some more.

Posted by: donsilvester | February 12, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Steinberg is a gossipy, instigational, little weasel. He's always "playing up" these meaningless war-of-word stories, trying to generate wider publity of these jocks who are just promoting themseves. You are a joke S teinberg.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | February 13, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

Steinberg is a gossipy, instigational, little weasel. He's always "playing up" these meaningless war-of-word stories, trying to generate wider publity of these jocks who are just promoting themseves. You are a joke S teinberg.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | February 13, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

Arrington=Fun to Watch

Essentially, Arrington= B00BIES

I never liked Arrington, especially when he went to NY. I love CP as a player, the effort on Sundays is unmatched. But it appears that he knows something we don't, and is burning Washingtons media on his way out of town.

Posted by: wewbank1 | February 13, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Both CP and LaVar were disappointments. Both talk too much.

LaVar's radio show is brutally poor. It makes you wonder if being terminally angry and stupid are prerequisites for a radio gig.

Posted by: PS7900 | February 13, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Correction on the A.Pierce issue, it was G.Williams who deemed AP expendable because he didnt make enough plays on 3rd down, thats why he went with the slimmer L.Marshall, either how it was a bad decision on both parts

Posted by: Istudydrugs | February 13, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Problem is, Arrington is full of crap. He was a diva to the max and highly overrated. He didn't respect the game enough that he sublimated his ego for team. He never did that. It was more important to him to get on ESPN highlights. Second most overrated Redskins ever.

Posted by: poguesmahone | February 13, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

if jim rome weighed in on one-half a jeweler's scale, it would not move a feather on the other half.

Posted by: | February 13, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Someone, correct me if I am wrong.

LaVar Arrington turned around a 0-5 team with one play and the team finished 8-8!

In the last playoff game the Skins won, LaVar had 10-12 tackles and forced two turnovers.

In the last game he played for the Skins, LaVar knocked the league MVP (Sean Alexander) out of the game but because we had a QB (Brunell) who could not throw the ball further than 20 yards, the team lost.

LaVar Arrington, while with the Skins, made 3 Pro Bowls under 3 different D-Coordinators.

I'm I missing something here??

Posted by: bjbmusa | February 13, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

bjbmusa: give me a break. Arrington was all about the ESPN highlights. He thought he was bigger than the team and was a pain in the ass for the coaches. And the pro bowl isn't worth crap. He was extremely overrated and was a loser. Now don't get me wrong. Portis isn't any better. In fact, they deserve each other. Both are losers.

Posted by: poguesmahone | February 13, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

THE most overrated back in the NFC the last 6 years! Has done NOTHING but selfishly lie and 4 YPC! I HATE liars and self-important, overpaid LOSERS! Have always said we will NEVER win with him or VC! 1 down 1 to go!!

Posted by: iubiquity | February 14, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

@loux24 speaks the truth. All I can remember about LaVar Arrington is - A) He played well EARLY but! B)Towards the end???
LaVar was a big blow hard and Big mouth..My last memories of him (If Any) His arguing about $$$ & LaVar was ALWAYS out of position on the field. The last game he was in...they got penalized cuz Big Head LaVar(Mr. mouth team leader) was out of position AGAIN!!)
This was the second or third game..that the darn coach had to "sit his butt down" Talk about Mr. Prima Dona?? This same media made a big deal out of LaVar sitting in the booth with who else??
Dan Snyder when he had some so called injury. Not on the bench with his team mates "IN THE BOOTH" WOW!! He was really a big "Team Leader" ?? Early on..ok but afterwards..LaVar was all about the money & washed up LaVar Arrington.
Lets not forget: LaVar didn't lead the Skins to any playoffs...
he couldn't keep himself in place on the field..Mr. Blow Hard..he's as washed up as his Sidelines Club. He's lucky the 106.7 decided to use his washed up dumb motor cycle riding behind. As far as Portis..before his injury he was about to pass Riggins record...kept thousands coming to watch the Skins cus he was entertaining. #26 and Moss were the most popular jerseys. There's a reason. He might not say it properly but ya gotta admit Portis is right & when injured..he sat with his team
Not with Snyder in the box. He might not have missed a hole but he was in the right places on the field. More than I recall about
show boat Arrington.

Posted by: McleanVa09 | February 14, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

OMG, who cares? Portis, please just go away. Lavar, if you had been as respectful of the game as you claim you were, you'd have studied harder so you could have become the monster LB you should have been.

It's a sad day when this is what we've been reduced to when talking about the Skins.

Go Caps.

Posted by: johnwp | February 14, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse


I hear what you are saying. But I am still scratching my head how being selected to 3 Pro-bowls, by other players, is over rated.

Maybe that was someone else I saw in that Tampa game, and maybe someone else knocked out Sean Alexander in the Seattle game, and maybe someone else dominated the field in the San Francisco game of that playoff year when Gibbs was forced to say "It looked like he (LaVar) was making plays.."

But I won't argue that he was out of position at times and early on, he got a lot of 15 yarders.

But the bottom line is Snyder tried to shaft him on his bonus money and was angry when LaVar went to the Player's Association. Although he had a bum knee that year and probably did not even deserve the signing bonus.

Posted by: bjbmusa | February 15, 2010 2:54 AM | Report abuse

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