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LaVar Arrington responds to Clinton Portis

I've transcribed more Redskins radio interviews than almost anybody alive, but LaVar Arrington's response to Clinton Portis Monday afternoon is well beyond my powers to communicate. You simply have to listen to the second segment yourself. (Download the audio here.)

Saying Arrington was passionate doesn't do it justice. Saying his voice was raised doesn't either. I don't think I've ever heard sports-talk radio quite like this, and I reckon you haven't either.

Again, the words can't come close to describing the emotion involved, but because this is what I do, I'll include some lengthy highlights. Obviously, this all started when Portis told the NFL Network that LaVar "didn't want to be in D.C. any more. He gave back $15, 20 million to leave D.C., because he felt like he wasn't the main money guy, because everybody was getting [paid]....It was like whoever gets the money was the captain."

Arrington took this as an affront to his leadership skills and as a suggestion that he was all about money, and so the bomb went off. I'm going to do this in chronological order, and I'm going to skip some stuff because otherwise you'd be here all day, and I'm going to use headlines to make it easier to read. Here's what he said.

The Arrival in D.C.

"I am looking around a field, and as fate would have it, just listen to some of these names, just listen to some of these names," Arrington said. "Champ Bailey. Mark Carrier. Darrell Green. Andre Reed. Dana Stubblefield. Brad Johnson. Deion Sanders. Larry Centers. Marco Coleman. Stephen Davis. Dan 'Big Daddy' Wilkinson. Chris Samuels, my litter mate. Jon Jansen. Irving Fryar. Bruce Smith. I am on the field as a 21-year old young man that has fulfilled the first part of a dream, to make it onto a professional team and actually be something that I wanted to be my whole life. I'm sitting here as a professional, beside myself that I am actually on the same field as these individuals.

"I'm not sitting there looking at these guys like, 'Got that job. Yeah, I'm the man. No. 2 pick. I'm this. Look at my car. Look at my jewels. Look at my house.' I'm not sitting there doing that. I am out there and I'm actually in a situation where I could not even breathe. This is literal. I could not breathe when I was going into the huddle for the plays, because I could not believe that Deion Sanders was tapping me on my shoulders....I could not believe that Darrell Green is standing right there, looking at me, saying my name. Saying my name...."

"And when those practices were over, I was no different than the people who stood behind those barriers cheering for those players on that field. And that was why I was so endearing to those fans, because we were the same person. That's why I had no problem staying hours--not minutes, I had no problem staying hours--after practices with those fans. Because I knew if they knew what I knew, and they felt the way that I felt, if they were in my shoes I would want the same thing in return."

The Money, Part I

"I'm not a part-timer. When I came to play, I played. Understand something, understand something, listen, to question if I played for money, to question that, I've gone through numerous surgical procedures to be able to continue to play. Ok. So be it. When I played, I played. There were no hidden agendas. Listen, the love that I brought to the locker room for my teammates was reciprocated back, because they knew that my heart and my passion was for US. U-S. For us to go out there and be the best that we could be. Everyone knew that. Everyone. Everyone....

I restructured my contract two times as a Washington Redskins football player so that we could bring in players and challenge for a Super Bowl championship. Not one time, I restructured my contract two separate times, and as a result of one of those restructurings, how ironic that the name you use, I was insecure about Laveranues Coles and you. Well, that restructuring brought in Laveranues Coles. I was asked how I felt about that. Of course I would love to have a Laveranues Coles on our team."

The Money, Part II

"I did not want to have to leave D.C., so let's be clear on that. When everything transpired and all this stuff took place, ironically enough for Clinton to say that it was about the money and people were making money like LaVar and this and that, I was still the highest paid Redskin on this team. I was still, with the contract situation, I was still the highest paid Redskin on this team....

"It was never about money with me. It was the principles involved with what was going on. I gave everything for this team to win, and when I mean everything, I gave everything for this team to win. Everything. So to be accused of being a leader because of the money makes no sense to me."

Leadership, Part I

"And this is what I want you young kids that are listening to understand, it's your work ethic. It's your ability to make somebody better. It's your ability to believe not only in yourself but in others that you are going to war with. It's when you go into the weight room when you're not even supposed to be in the weight room. It's when you bring people with you. It's when people around you accept the fact that there is something different about you, that can take me in a place that I would want to go. And people follow. That's what a leader is. That's what you should strive for. That's what you wrap your mind around.

"I was a great leader when I played for this team. I don't care what anybody says. I was a great leader because I was a great follower. Understand what I'm telling you, the message that I'm sending right now is for someone who will be a great leader in the future, because somebody wasn't sitting here trying to go back and forth about minute situations, minute issues but representing us wrong, representing the football players of the National Football League wrong, representing the Washington Redskins wrong.

"This is the message. I followed Champ Bailey, I followed D.Green, I followed Marco Coleman, I followed Bruce Smith, I followed those guys. Do you know why? Because they were great. They were great. And I took the time to learn what made Deion Sanders great. I took the time to understand what made those guys that I watched play in front of me, I took the time to understand what made them great and I applied it. I applied that. That's what made me a leader. Not because I went out there and told somebody to follow me. Not because I went out there and tried to convince the media that people should view me as a leader. And definitely for darn sure not bringing up a contract and how much the contract was worth."

Leadership, Part II

"So it wasn't about me saying how much money I had and that's why I should be a leader here. That's preposterous for someone to even think or assume that. For the same injury that a man stayed out four weeks for, how short our memories are, I had the same injury. Knocked unconscious in a game. Went in the locker room, got myself together, and oh yeah, I came back out and intercepted a ball against the Carolina Panthers and got a touchdown that some would say helped turn that season around, where we won eight games straight. A concussion. That's what I was diagnosed with, a concussion.

"I came out and I strapped up and I played. I played. And I played for the fans of D.C., and I played for my teammates, and I played and I led as a leader. Not with my mouth. With my actions. That is the message. That is the message. Don't try to talk your way to where you want to be."

The Legacy

"I respect the game. I would have never argued with Sam Huff. I would have never argued with Brian Mitchell. I would never have argued with John Riggins. I would never have argued with Sonny Jurgensen. I would not disrespect the people who were the forerunners, who were the people who set the bar where it needed to be for us to be willing to dream and try to achieve. I would never disrespect that. I would never take that and spit on that, like that is not something that is as precious as the gold that we all spend money on. I would not disrespect that.

"So what I'm saying is, I understand my history. I understand my history. I understand the Washington Redskins was the last team to integrate African Americans or any other minorities to be able to play. I understand that. And the first person to come here was one of my friends and one of my mentors, in Bobby Mitchell. If I understood how much this man had to go through to be where he was at in his life, I would not dress up as a fairy to try to get attention from the media. I would not do that. Knowing what this represents, I would not do that.

"I protect this with my heart, I protect this with my soul, I would not do that for just attention. Understand the message, because this message is for the ones out there that are our athletes of tomorrow. We are losing a battle here. Our battle is not about who gets the most publicity. Our battle is not about who makes the most touchdowns or makes the most money. Our battle is being someone that the next generation can sit back and look at you and be proud about what you are, what you represent, what you say, what you do.

"That's worth more than all of those things. That's worth more than all of those things. Not even close. Not even measurable. Understand, I am upset right now, because we continue to depict ourselves in a way that is not right. And for what? For some attention? What's your motivation?"

The Money, Part III

"I will end it with this. You want to talk about leadership? And money? Ok, well here's a great example of leadership and money. When I was at the end of the last season that I played in Washington as a Washington Redskin...they had to renegotiate numerous contracts.....I said let me be a free agent so I can go, and you can do it that way, or else I'm not doing anything. Selfish. Selfish of me. It was selfish.

"I get a call from Renaldo Wynn, my family, my teammate. I get a call from Cornelius Griffin, my family, my teammate. And you know what they say to me? They say to me, if we don't get this stuff restructured, if you don't restructure it and this collective bargaining agreement doesn't get done, we will be out of jobs. We will lose our jobs, because of how high your cap number is, and all the people that they have tried to restructure to be able to be under this cap.

"Ok. So if that's the situation, you're telling me these are my teammates, these are my soldiers, we go to war together, I humble myself for a great purpose and I called the Washington Redskins and I told them there would be one condition that I would restructure my contract. If you think I'm lying, you can call Joe Gibbs, you can call the Washington Redskins. Ask them. I told them the restructured contract of every single individual on the defensive unit, if those contracts are guaranteed as opposed to just being stuck somewhere in a drawer...you honor the contracts and I will restructure my deal....I was unselfish, and I was a leader, and I am proud of that to this day.

"The Redskins did not guarantee those guys their contracts. They did not. So therefore I did not restructure my contract....It wasn't $15, $20 million that I threw away to get away from Clinton Portis. It was a $3 million bonus that I was due, that I took $1 million of it instead of 3. You keep the 3, you give me the 1, and let's part our ways.

"That is how it all transpired. Not me running away, not me vacating because I couldn't handle the strong shadow that Clinton Portis's aura or whatever is [casting] over me, I couldn't handle it. This is bigger than that. And for somebody to be ignorant about it is what it is, but this is not about me attacking Clinton. This is about me talking to the next generation of guys, that I hope you listen to what I said and understand that there is a bigger purpose in your life when you have the ability to affect and influence others. That's my message to you, and I'm done with it. But that is my rebuttal."

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 8, 2010; 11:41 PM ET
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Love Lavar's passion here...would love it even more if Portis was gone...

Posted by: Maestro301 | February 9, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

LAVAR, you rock. Thank you for that - you did not have to explain yourself because we know what you're about.

As for Portis, I just wish Danny Boy would cut his *ss already. The only thing running is his yap and it needs to get shut. Sign of a washed up has been RB.

Posted by: heightofhypocrisy | February 9, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Steinberg's made a name for himself here. He's a year or two--maybe more--from being named "columnist," but make no mistake: it's coming.

Posted by: DCUnited2 | February 9, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

LaVar is a man. Clinton is an uneducated little has been boy in a used up man's body...listen to him talk.So much for the education of the GREAT "U"...what is he going to do next year when he's either cut by the Redskins or hopefully cut by whomever they get a 13th round draft pick for him from...go around to birthday parties as the good fairy ?

Posted by: petebowling1 | February 9, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Clinton is a great player and has performed very well for the team and the fans of the Redskins. Saying that, he knows his time is up and he probably knows he's not going to get away with the BS under Bruce Allen and Mike Shannahan. He's trying to piss everyone off in order to get cut. This will save him from the embarrassment of the coaching staff benching his butt during the season because he can't get it done anymore. He's a joke at this point and Dan Synder needs to refrain from becoming "friends" with his employees!

Posted by: db9907 | February 9, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Lavaaaaaaaaaaaaar!

Thanks, man.

Posted by: Thinker_ | February 9, 2010 3:24 AM | Report abuse

First, I have to thank Dan for this post. But ultimately, I have to thank Lavar for his thoughts and words.

This was refreshing to read. I have not listened to the audio but I definitely will because the passion that most likely reverberated through him came through in this post.

If Lavar is to read this, I will be the first to say that towards the end of his stay here I did not think he did the best and put that squarely on him. Now, not being in the locker room, coaches room, practice, or anything like that, you never truly can say what went down. But, I am a believer in we things may not be what they seem to be on the surface. So we don't really no on the field what was occuring with Lavar. Those same things may hold true for Clinton Portis. So with this being Clinton's end here as a Redskin, we don't really know if he same thing holds true.

However, as a man, the two men cannot be so vastly different. Lavar and Clinton both carry themselves in very different ways when it comes to dealing with the media. Now I have listened to Lavar on his show, and sure he can joke around and act silly at times, but I think that Lavar understands what he represents to the community, especially the black community of Washington, DC. That is something that Clinton does not understand. So with that lack of understanding, Clinton does not carry himself in such a manner. Clinton, a man, and a leader, it comes from within. You do not understand that.

Lavar, you topic on legacy and respecting it. Thank you.

Posted by: BigTee13 | February 9, 2010 3:58 AM | Report abuse

It just goes to show you once again what a worthless punk that CP26 really is. Turn around the story a bit and see where CP26 is actually talking about himself... and only being concerned about the money... and how he approaches playing the game... especially when someone who is a better player and beter paid for it... like AH92... arrives in town.

Posted by: Vic1 | February 9, 2010 5:32 AM | Report abuse

When he first came on The Fan, I listened and felt Lavar seemed to be a bitter ex-player with issues with Snyder..

I listen to the show everytime I can, mostly for Lavar, even if I disagree with him (and I have been angry at some of his comments) and I also hate that Junkie's coattail riding Chad Dukes...

I listened to them when they were the SPORTS Junkies and only appeared on weekends..1996? 97?

Anyway, I believe Lavar, I loved what he had to say, and I dont think you can even dispute anything he has said here.
Hos words are measured, he is articulate, thoughtful...
Lavar doesnt really fly off at the mouth
This was REAL.
And the last segment is worth it, sooo worth it


CP is a shameless self promoter who has been stealing paychecks for 3 seasons.
He has no heart left, if he ever did.

Posted by: kreator6996 | February 9, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

The name Arrington is worthy of being mentioned with the past greats that donned our sactred jersey. Portis is not. Enough said.

Posted by: CHICO13 | February 9, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Everybody just slow down. I believe the truth lie somewhere in the middle of this. I don't question intensity and desire and everything he gave to the Redskins, but I do think that there was some truth about the allegations about money. LaVar was the highest paid on the team at the of is contract being up for negotiation. The organization wanted to cut that salary in the re-up his contract at rate that was significantly less than what he was asking or expected (that is about money). Other than that, LaVar criticisms are spot on about Clinton Portis.

Posted by: hlesliejr | February 9, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

I was listening to LA during this show yesterday and it was a passionate, tempered, honest sounding response. He took great pains to send a message more to the up and coming athletes than to just smack CP ala my boy B-Mitch (which I liked as well because Portis deserves all the negative karma he creates).

I think Portis is a locker room Cancer and I think he's calling out LA had something to do with the rivalry between The U and Penn State (Just watched 30 and 30 story about The U on ESPN2 again) and how much hate is there between from Miami's point of view.

LA showed dignity and class and respect for the Game when speaking on this yesterday. I'd still like to see him smack CP when he sees him though...LOL

Great job LA...

Posted by: kahlua87 | February 9, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse


Portis Pockets Straight!

BOYCOTT $NYDER-BOYCOTT $NYDER-BOYCOTT $NYDER!!!!!

Posted by: hessone | February 9, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse


Hey Dan - How about new Caps pictures next to your mug on this page? The Green and Laich pictures are old.

Posted by: hessone | February 9, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Shah-Zam!

Posted by: richs91 | February 9, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Clinton Portis is a mouthy fool.

Posted by: Rocky420 | February 9, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

I love the passion in Lavar's voice. I think he is spot on. The organization pissed in the wind with him as far as im concerned. Look at what the saints did for Mcallister. that is what a class organization does, not how Danny boy runs things. i respect lavar now, more than i ever have before. He gets it!

Posted by: pkp144 | February 9, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

For these guys to be "so called" tough football players...LaVar sure is SENSITIVE! What a big baby!

Posted by: squidward1 | February 9, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Why is Portis still on the team ? He's all about himself...Lavar is a class act

Posted by: pathmo | February 9, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

I have been going to Skins games for many years. Players like Lavar, B-Mitch, Chris Cooley and London Fletcher stopped before every game, spoke to fans and signed autographs. Portis never did. I only saw Clinton once, at a show, where he was being paid.

Posted by: oconnra8 | February 9, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Not sure a discombobulated rant makes for good radio. Goodness. LaVar left the Skins because he was injured? That's new. Not one mention of Dale Lindsay. Had forgotten about the fairy costume too. Memories.

Seriously, Portis doesn't always say the smart thing, isn't the best team player, and doesn't seem to have the best work week ethic, but he does seem to say what he believes. At this point, Portis seems much more introspective than Arrington.

Posted by: WorstSeat | February 9, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Portis knows his days are over and is reacting to that. He's a has-been, maybe a backup, and he knows it.

He's a cancer and the poster child for what's been wrong with the Skins the last x years...send him on his way...

Posted by: kone | February 9, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see how Dan Snyder react to both of these comments. After all, both athletes were considered "Owner's pet" when they played and thus Snyder "should" know the real truth in between the lines of comments and rebuttals. Frankly, I believe Lavar's version more than Clinton's numerous spouts of vindictive comments. I also believe that Dan Snyder is like the king that was "brainwashed" by an evil sorcerer (Portis) for a while, so maybe the recent disastrous season and Lavar's recent rebuttal will knock him out his "cancerous" spell. But that only works in a "Fairy Tales"!

Posted by: JohnWWW | February 9, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

They both are/were overrated and overpayed. The both talk a lot and were "leaders" on a lot of underachieving teams. They are the epitome of the Dan Snyder Redskins and what we as fans have had to listen to for the last 10 years. It makes me wanna puke.

Posted by: bpoboyle | February 9, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

We need more Sean Taylor's on the Redskins, all talk on the field, no talk off of it, live your life, mind your business

Posted by: retroskins14 | February 9, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Lavar is an extraordinary individual. He was passionate, eloquent and humble during his broadcast yesterday.

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader" - John Quincy Adams.

Lavar, you do all that and more.

Posted by: stedou | February 9, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

After giving that a listen, F Shanny as head coach, LaVar could take a team to the superbowl and then just for good measure have his boys walk into the NBA championship and kick their @$$'s as well. He has a fire in him which he clearly gets from Joe Pa.

Posted by: alex35332 | February 9, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I used to like Portis because he was such an interesting personality. Looking back now, his on field production seems mostly like smoke and mirrors. He was a product of Denver's system and then benefited from a ridiculous number of carries under Gibbs. He plays hard, but I don't think he did many things that a number of other running backs couldn't have done.

Posted by: acebojangles | February 9, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Hey CP, let me axe you something, does what come out yo mouth go through your brain first? I doubts it.

Posted by: chopin224 | February 9, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

portis is such a bum. Love to see Lavar smack him down. Love the line about talking your way to where you want to be. That is all portis has now. his body is broken down and his attitude is terrible. just does not appear to be a good guy at all. too much portis drama.

Posted by: funkey | February 9, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

LaVar is from Penn State.

Portis is from "The U"

speaks volumes

Posted by: h8paperdoll | February 9, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

LaVar Arrington while he was a Redskin proved to be "his brothers keeper". Clinton Portis while here in DC proved to be nothing but "his brothers keeper of how much he made and what everyone else makes and who should play or not playing and I will go to the owner every chance I get just because he lets me and I am just an un-educated brat that has deep pockets!"

I have always respected LA56 for what he did on the football field. He left everything on the field when he played. For Clinton to even open his mouth about LaVar was a mistake. Clinton is not even as intelligent as LaVar, therefore his remarks made no sense. All Clinton has ever done was run his mouth, talk about money, play whenever he wants to and practice whenever he wants to.

The response made by Mr. Arrington proves what a real college education can do for a young African American. He was very articulate, thought out his response and did not leave us thinking, "What in the world did this guy just say?" or throw us for a loop!

Love him or hate him, you have to respect the man for his words alone. He had and appears to still have passion as a Redskin. That is more than most on the current Skins roster.

Alot can be learned about what is takes to be a leader. LaVar humbled himself first and that is what made him a leader. He knew who paved the road for him. He knew that he was not bigger than the team. He knew that he was just part of the puzzle and that if he could make those better around him that everyone would reap the reward. He tried! 150% tried.

My response to Clinton Portis would have been, "Clinton, you will never EVER been able to walk in my shoes until you stop wearing dresses!"

Posted by: Doobie_Sparks | February 9, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

First of all, we need to move on from Clinton and I think we will if it's an uncapped year. He just doesn't get it.

Second of all, Lavar is 100 percent rewriting history. He was a "me" guy all the way. Am I the only one who remembers him going to the media and trashing the coaching staff one week before the biggest game of the year? A game we needed to win to make the playoffs!

And if you want to go by production, Clinton has done more -- a lot more for the Skins. He carried the team to the playoffs one year and greatly helped get them there a second year. Lavar was a guy who found himself on the bench at key times because he never had any interest in playing within the scheme -- it's why Marvin Lewis and Gregg Williams both had problems with him.

Move on from Lavar. Move on from Portis.

Posted by: MylesMonroe | February 9, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

southeast jerome, you better pray there's a CBA in place. The U, what a joke!!!!

Posted by: bhoang888 | February 9, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Thanks LaVar. Portis is -poison-. 'Let go' is not the correct word for what the Redskins out to do with him and his contract. 'Jettison' is a better word. This is workable in an uncapped year.

Posted by: tomstark | February 9, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

So Portis misrepresented the facts surrounding LaVar's departure from DC. Big deal...LaVar misrepresents EVERY fact about Dan Snyder, yet I don't see Snyder going off on some ridiculous public tirade over it.

And to those that keep repeating the lie that Snyder screwed LaVar out of 6 million...please for the love of God get a clue. Go read the facts of the case. The NFL players association suspended LaVar's agent for 2 years due to his negligence in reviewing the contract. 2 years! Snyder didn't screw LaVar, LaVar's agent screwed LaVar.

People hate Snyder so much for the Redskins record over the last 10 years that they are willing to believe anything about the guy, even things that have been proven to be false. Sad.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 9, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Way to go Lavar, much respect.

Posted by: barno-1 | February 9, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

you are right kahlua87: Portis is a locker
room cancer - just like Arenas was to the wizards. As far as Portis is concerned: he doesn't want to play ball anymore. even i could run into the back of a pile and fall down. he's done and was overrated even in his best days. he should devote full time to wide sun glasses, wigs and cross-dressing.

Posted by: richt47 | February 9, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Portis is and Arrington was an overpaid, overrated prima donna. They deserve each other.

Posted by: poguesmahone | February 9, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

By the way, I have to note that Arrington's rant has all the earmarks of a publicity stunt by a desperate talk show host whose show is getting trounced in the ratings. Is it just me or does this "feud" have ratings ploy written all over it?

Posted by: poguesmahone | February 9, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Clinton I'm always hurt, don't need to practice, and would rather sit during exhibition games then get in game day shape Portis has been a bust. I have to laugh at some of the comments that state Portis at least got us to a a playoff game or two.... Wow, is that the best you hope for? Mr Dan Ego larger then football skills Snyder has ruined the team over the past 10 years. The current players/locker room sounds more like a reality tv show then a professional football team. Lavar has made many good points about the current team and organization. It really does start at the top... Ted Leonis got it right with the Caps, Dan is still learning after 10 years.

Posted by: larry40 | February 9, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Very poignant words from LA. You can feel those words, and I admire how he chose to put his words together. I always respected LA's efforts as a player, and I consider myself smarter than one who would just blindly believe the press releases and sound bites that Gregg Williams and the Redskins' FO would put out about him.

I think Clinton Portis has alot of thinking to do...but I'm not gonna sit here and bash him -- there are others who will be more than glad to do so. Doubt very seriously that Portis will get traded prior to the upcoming season, so it would seem to be better for us all to change our mindset to a positive one.

I hope Portis goes all-out to prepare for this season, and enters training camp w/a "say less, do more" mentality. I hope the FO stays focused on drafting for its O-Line, and rebuilding it w/some quality free agents. No one will ever know what Portis and Campbell could do well under Shanahan, IF THE O-LINE ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH TO CONSISTENTLY PROVIDE THEM WITH TIME AND SPACE to work with.

Best of luck to you, Lavar -- you're a trooper, who seems to be a true leader and a true soldier.

Posted by: ntlekt | February 9, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

All I know is this... Since I became an adult Redskins fan, someone who buys the tickets instead of receives them, LaVar and Sean T were the only ones I was always sure gave it all they had and made it worth the money. Screw Clinton, he is the TO of running backs and the whole city's done with it.

Posted by: JHvet1 | February 9, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm down with LaVar all the way. Portis is a complete idiot. He just doesn't know when to shut up. JackAss.

Posted by: ridgely1 | February 9, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? This is ancient history and what losing teams talk about in the offseason.

Portis should be gone and Lavar was called, "the most undisciplined player I'ev ever coached" by Marvin Lewis.

With a GM and a credible coach in place now...this organization will be judged by me from now forward.

Posted by: rickyroge | February 9, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Lavar was a bust. Pure and simple. Should have tried to trade him when he first got hurt. He has such a whiney chip on his shoulder that his radio show makes me want to vomit. He obviously doesn't understand that HE DOESNT MATTER. whhhaaaaa....

Posted by: mjk71 | February 9, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Yalls are crazy. Im a huge PSU fan (even bigger Skins of course) and props to Lavar on his call out, but some of these comments go way too far.
Frankly, seeing as we are all "Washington-oriented" people I thought we'd take this kind of rhetoric with a grain of salt. "Im speaking to the next generation . . ." etc. CMON! These two guys have had an axe to grind w/ each other for a while LA is also very much "in it for himself." didnt he also give the Giants our playbook, or was that Pierce?

Posted by: SkinsInSichuan | February 9, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Whew! I hope Clinton, and for that matter several others on this team hear this. I am not one to call Clinton an "idiot," or blame him for Florida's segregated school system that obviously failed him and is upsetting to a growing number of "majority" folks who think he is undeserving of money or athleticism because he doesn't talk "proper." Nor do I believe he is finished as a running back--his age does not support that notion. Anyone who know anything about football could see that the "boy genius'" (and he agonized to make sure every word was properly placed) offense was not designed for Portis. Portis didn't get old all of a sudden--the designer who realized that John Riggins would flourish under a one back offense left.

But, I hope he and others hear what Lavar is saying about self respect, about respecting those who labored before you, and those who will follow. One great thing we witnessed last Sunday was two "teams." Apart from Peyton and Brees, the average fan could not name 10 individuals out of the 106 on the field...and that's the way it should be.

Posted by: OneStop1 | February 9, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Lavar ' always a great one'. now for our Clinton, I have mixed feelings, I wish he'd shut up and practice. But I know everyone on that team knew he keep Linemen off of Jason better than the O-LINE ever did. The little guy took on DE and Tackles- one on one and few backs even try. Those other gents in the backfield closed their eyes and did side blocks. Like I said, I wish Clinton would 'shut-up' but not one player (as far as I've heard has ever said he didn't play hard.

Posted by: aypub | February 9, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

If this is how loose cannon Portis trash talks FORMER team mates, and we already have his trashing of CURRENT team mates, what's left? FUTURE team mates. Clinton Portis has a chip on his shoulder a mile high, and we frankly don't have time to deal with it as a team. There are very good RBs available, Shanahan has had success picking the good ones, and Portis is therefore expendable. Cut him now, take the money hit, since the team hit is a much worse proposition. One bad apple...

Posted by: bfjam | February 9, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Clintion.... Knucklehead.....time to go....

Posted by: DCsportfan3433 | February 9, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Lavar, much respect.

Posted by: barno-1 | February 9, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Hahaha! Barno offered Poopy mcPoop a truce on the Terp Insider (Poopy allegedly has been stalking barno on this website and Barno wanted it to stop). So instead of accepting the truce, Poopy is now creating fake Barno names all over the post's site, posing as him with stupid comments like above. Talk about having WAY too much time on your hands Poopy (and way too much hatred for someone on internet)

Posted by: rickytterp | February 9, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Now if only he could have followed a playbook and the direction of a single coach or coordinator, then maybe his off field "sacrifices" would have meant something. If you think he didn't get something every time he renegotiated his contract, you are nuts. What exactly does renegotiate the contract mean? It means he got more and more guaranteed money in the form of bonuses instead of salary to make the cap hit lighter. So get off the holier than thou attitude lavar.

I know everyone is mad at Clinton, and I am too, but Arrington has a much different version of what was going on. How big of a chance was he taking when he demanded that everyones contract got guaranteed if he did a deal. No chance at all so again enough of how great a guy he was. He was a selfish arrogant idiot who thought because in college he could jump over the line for sacks that he knew beter than the defensive coaches. For every highlight hit he had, we were getting burned by a RB or TE in the flat that was supposed to be his man while he was going for the sportscenter sack.

Enough already. Tell it to someone else! Clinton is an ass clown, but this guy is no better.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | February 9, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Wow....well said by Lavar. I hope one day Snyder welcomes him back in to Redskins Park and Fedex Field. He may not have had the most illustrious career as a Redskin, but his passion is second to none.

Posted by: jdumb | February 9, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Barno is nuts when it comes to still loving Portis. But when I think of Poopy McPoop stalking Barno on the internet, I am reminded of the scene in No Country for Old Men-

Woody Harrleson: Do you have any idea how goddamn crazy you are?
Crazed Murderer: You mean the nature of this conversation?
Woody Harrleson: I mean the nature of you.

This is how dumb Poopy McPoop is: he actually thinks people will believe there are 2 people stalking the same person on this site. Hahahah!

What a moron.

Posted by: studsmewell | February 9, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Portis, shut up and get out of our city, I pray you never put the Redskin uniform on again. You are nothing but a punk!!!

Posted by: DCFanatic | February 9, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

hey rickytterp, prove it. put your money where your mouth is and prove it. either prove it or shut your pie hole.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 9, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan may be tempted to keep Portis because there is a chance he could rebound at 29 and have one final year in him like Stephen Davis did in Carolina in 2003.

The difference is that Portis has so clearly drawn the line between himself and the other players on the team and made himself a distraction, that option may no longer be palatable.

Portis has called out Sellers, his entire offensive line (from 2008), his coach, and his quarterback.

There aren't a whole lot of players left on this team that #26 hasn't run down or criticized over the past 2-3 years.

Both Gibbs and Zorn let Portis run wild at Redskins Park and hopefully Shanahan will call an end to this craziness and get rid of bad news.

Posted by: leopard09 | February 9, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

LA-A man with passion and respect for the game.
CP-A boy with passion for money and respect for nothing.

Posted by: alyd69 | February 9, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Lavar= Strait UP
Portis= Down Low

Posted by: dcdoug | February 9, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Portis: Why don't you stumble out of town, like you do when you have the ball?

Posted by: c_e_daniel | February 9, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Lots of LaVar Cock sucking up here.....SMDH....THE TRUTH IS ALWAYS IN THE MIDDLE PEOPLE...

LaVar is as big a crook as it is! He was good, and I am not going o get in it all his flaws....But I'm just sayin

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 9, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

LaVar is lying so far....He said he was benched because of his knee...

...I remember vividly at that LaVar said he was perfectly healthy...HE said it week in and week out on the John Thompson Show......

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 9, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Exactly why the Redskins organization is a joke. They run out a dedicated Redskin like Lavar for a big mouthed cross dresser from the "U".

Lavar never gave a half-assed effort like I see from this team every week.

Posted by: RG10 | February 9, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

All I hear LaVar talking about is $$$....Money, Money, Money....This rant is ridiculous...

And...Portis restructured his contract THREE TIMES, so the team can get more people.....

Concussions - People treat concusions differently than they did 10 years ago LaVar....

The Media and closed mined fans....Y'all are crazy...LaVar is in the Media...and now I think he ain't real anymore...especially what he did to his employees @ The Sidelines...I'm glad my wife didn't continue to seek employment there...

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 9, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

What I found funny about CP26 comments were they seemd to be rambling and senseless. I did not even need to hear LA56 response but I am glad I caught it yesterday. What I find most amusing is that if Lavar wanted out of Washington, why does he make his home, here, in the MD. He has not retired and where does he call home.... MD. After all that has been said and done about LA56 time here... who does he cheer for... the skins. One thing I respected about Lavar is that he says what he has to say and you can clearly understand where he is going with his statement. I have said to people that portis is all about Portis and his owner, Dan Snyder. The time is ticking, pull the trigger Bruce and Mike because after this uncapped year, Portis contract is frozen and a Salary cap dagger within your organization and of course, line up the busses because there will be a lot of people that will be thrown underneath them. Also, I love how "The U" is represented now a days.... Irvin and rape/drugs, Warren Sapp, Domestic Battery, Portis.... world class education and Fluent speaker of the english language. I am beyond myself that a "college Educated" man can not put together one complete english sentence is beyond me. I am sorry but the system failed CP in College.... but again, see my reference about "The U". They were not in the business of making men but money machines!

Posted by: rvanags | February 9, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

LaVar's stock just went thru the roof!!!I had mixed feelings about him, but, he has redeemed himself. Adios, CP!!!

Posted by: mbridgette1 | February 9, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

After listening to Lavar, I can't see Clinton Portis being as passionate. I see Little Girl Clinton being another feminine Sport Illustrated female model. He come off being calm but with cutthroat words. All his little characters he portray is really him coming OUT from the closet.

Clinton Portis is NOT a man, Clinton is a SOMETHING but he can't identify with himself yet!!! That's why he's Southeast Jerome or some Star Wars character but then betray legends before him. That's like betraying Sammy Baugh and Joe Theisman (he did to Jason Campbell, John Riggins (he did it to Mike Sellers), Russ Grimm (he talk down his offensive line).

Clinton best game is his BIG A$$ MOUTH!!!

Clinton, HOLD ME, BLOW ME, SQUEEZE, BUT DON'T TEASE ME!!!

Posted by: clifton3 | February 9, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

People talk about athletes / the good and the bad. Some athletes don’t like the term “Role Model” however most kids do look up to them. The players who don’t like the term; well, it now seems they don’t like the pressure it takes to do the right things both on and off the field. As a parent, LA56 is a player I would have my sons follow. Determination, Competitive, and most of all Character. LaVar Arrington should STILL be thought of as one of the greatest Washington Redskins.

Posted by: rgallagher1 | February 9, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

hey rickytterp, prove it. put your money where your mouth is and prove it. either prove it or shut your pie hole.

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Poopy it is obvious. You have a hard on for Barno. This has been established. So if he really offered you a truce treaty it wouldn't surprise anyone that you would then go and create imposter barnos. No proof is needed when you behave like you do with him, And I don't much care for Banro's REAL FAN comments either but you make it worse by egging him on all the time, and now posing as him? Sheesh, who does that?

Posted by: guillianrr | February 9, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

The hell with Portis and Lavar both men are money grubbing chumps. When it comes right down to it get um both out of this town. That radio show stinks and he is the main reason for it. He has no kinda insight about anything it is about what Lavar wants and what he thinks. All that fan stuff is bogus and he knows it. And for Clitoris he's done his brain is mush. let's start a new.

Posted by: efdelaney | February 9, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Let's not re-write history. Lavar couldn't function within a scheme and was sent on his way. 2 clowns sniping at each other...

Posted by: randysbailin | February 9, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Im very dissappointed with Clintons comments. Lavar was a warrior and truly believed he gave everything he had to make us a winning team. Leaders dont constantly talk, blame this person or that person. Leaders lead and action speaks louder than words!!! Dude.. Grow up!

Posted by: MoeKemp | February 9, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

If I have to choose sides, I'll choose Lavar's. But all true Redskins fans know that neither of these guys can hold a candle to the true Redskins greats. Seriously, can any of you see Daryl Green, Art Monk, Russ Grimm, Charles Mann or any of the other class acts that once made the franchise great getting into a fight like this? Of course not.

Posted by: smg3f | February 9, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

and now posing as him? Sheesh, who does that?

Posted by: guillianrr | February 9, 2010 4:59 PM

Sorry guillianrr but I've never posted on here as barno or any fake barnos. you can believe it or not, i don't care.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 9, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

WHO REALLY CARES? One is done and gone and the other very close. Move on and let's get some winners on the team. An oh by the way, all encourage Snyder to sell. He doesn't have what it takes to get this team to a Super Bowl.

Posted by: scottpapex | February 9, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

This sort of reminds me of when Mariah Carey decided to diss Eminem. Eminem came back so hard on her that you sort of felt bad for her. Same here. Lavar was beating Portis down so bad in this segment that you end up feeling bad for Portis because Portis opened this can of worms. Sort of like watching the schoolyard bully get his face pounded in. At first it's like "hey, this is kinda cool". Then after a while, it's like okay dude the bully is permanently injured and can never come back to our school so just stop. I was begging for Lavar to stop after about 5 minutes in and then he went on for another 10 or so.

The good thing is that this issue has brought attention to Lavar's show and now people might start listening to it.

Posted by: randyevanmcdonald | February 9, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Clinton Portis is one sawed off little boy in a mans world! I said it before and I will say it again. The IDIOT is not and never will be a team player! NEVER! I know Mr. Shanahan can find a running back that can block as well as this small minded S.O.B. He just does not know when to shut the hell up! I think that he is just to dam stupid to shut up! He runs his mouth to the media instead of keeping his problems in house the way that he should! He knows that he has Mr. Snyder in his pocket so he thinks he can do or say whatever he wants! I just wish that Mr. Shanahan would tell Mr. Snyder that enough is enough and get rid of this cancer before he infects the rest of this team,If it is not to late! Cut the tumor out! PLEASE! We as Redskins fans deserve better than to have to listen to the bullsh-t that comes out of this IDIOTS mouth! Sawed off little MF!!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | February 9, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

BTW,F-Dallas and F-Portis to!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | February 9, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

wow, nothing like a war of words between two atheletes who have accomplished NOTHING.

Posted by: BMACattack | February 9, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

I'll never forget the promise that was LaVar Arrington. LaVar showed up from Day 1 ready to hit people. Sam Huff loved him. LaVar's jersey was everywhere. I still remember how he knocked out Danny White. What happened?

I've been listening to The Fan since it came on the air. At first, I was curious to hear why LaVar went to New York, because like many I felt LaVar would retire a Redskin. LaVar's account of contract talks that went bad hooked me on the show, but what has kept me listening has been his point of view -- he's a man's man, and he understands the value of a name.

I missed the whole Portis blowup, but I caught the Ocho Cinco interview from Miami. What's clear to me is the respect LaVar has for the game, which was evident in his conversation with Ocho Cinco. Portis, a few days later, questioned the Arrington name, character, and place in Redskins history. LaVar Arrington long ago earned the right to speak on his own behalf, which is why Ocho Cinco and other stars like John Riggins come on the radio with him. Although LaVar Arrington's career on the field was cut short, and he never did take us back to the Super Bowl, he's living up to his promise in unexpected ways.

LaVar is here to stay.

Posted by: dannykurland1 | February 9, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

enough with portis... he isn't worth our wasted breath. and certainly not our $. another reason to boycott ds. and, LaVar... you rock, we loved you, we still do, trust me. Wish we could start all over again. And to think we gave up Champ AND a second (am i right?, I'm getting old now) for CP... ugggggghhhhh. Never liked that trade, never will, and 26 keeps proving it over and over again.
How can you give up the best corner in the league for ANYBODY?? Much less CP, OMG... one of the biggest mistakes of MANY for DS and VC. But what do you expect from complete amateurs??

Posted by: gb810 | February 9, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Ugh! Please! This is all much ado about nothing. I listened to LaVar, he spoke for nearly 45 minutes and didn't say anything! CP called him out by name and all LaVar did was talk in hypotheticals and said he was making a point to "younger atheletes." The younger athletes didn't call him out, CP did. It was drivel.

Posted by: wburn42167 | February 9, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

It may have been drivel, but portis still SUCKS!!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | February 9, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Clinton Portis is all about himself. He's very selfish and immature and I wish they ship his butt out of town. He has never been and will never be a TEAM guy.

Posted by: kdelille | February 9, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I've never posted on here as barno or any fake barnos. you can believe it or not, i don't care.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 9, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Of course not. It was barno's other stalker, Boobie McBoob!

Lmfao at Poopy

Posted by: pstevens13 | February 9, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute...

I'm trying to remember how Clinton got Lavar's name in his mouth in the first place...

It's always SOMEBODY'S name in there, isnt it?

Man, if his legs could run like his mouth, he might almost be worth keeping around next year.

Posted by: Thinker_ | February 9, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Whew. Glad LaVar got that off his chest. Now if only LaVar can give one good rant on Snyder, maybe he can move on from the past.

CP love how you play the RB position, but this act has run it's course in DC. It's time for Shanahan to get us a new feature back.

Posted by: TWISI | February 9, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH, Lavar Arrington, you blew that simple, vain, arrogant underachieving little man to smithereens.....when you said this part here..... "Our battle is not about who gets the most publicity. Our battle is not about who makes the most touchdowns or makes the most money. Our battle is being someone that the next generation can sit back and look at you and be proud about what you are, what you represent, what you say, what you do." ......I knew I was listening to an enlighten man. Unfortunately, you had to scold a small, petty insecure one. keep doing you. We need more of YOU and less of the Clinton Portis'

Posted by: gymprimodonna | February 10, 2010 1:36 AM | Report abuse


@ Brano1

Hey Barno,
Do you live at Saint E's?

Posted by: hessone | February 10, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

One thing I never doubted about Lavar was he was a fan of us fans.

That's why so many people love him so much around here.

God Bless you Lavar!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | February 10, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Lavar's message is much clearer than just the Portis issue. A true champion is defined by his contribution to his team (on the field)not by his shananigans employed to gain attention. If a player is a great leader on the field, he will get all the attention he deserves, and rightfully so. The great players mentioned by Lavar all received their notoriety from great playing. Being a jester of sorts to gain attention doesn't gain anything but self recognition, and minimalizes the seriousness of the climb to become a great TEAM. This message is important to the fundamental pursuits of all teams, and until the NFL teams decide to part ways with players who are individualists, there road to becoming a TEAM will always be blocked.

Posted by: redskingrove | February 10, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Lavar respects the game and the great players that came before him. Portis respects himself. Me first little looser!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | February 10, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

The real issue is that Portis is the personification of the term, "locker room cancer."

I'm so-so on Jason Campbell's abilities but I'm a big fan of him as a stand-up person and the fact that Campbell called out Portis (as did Rock Cartwright) speaks volumes.

Portis is done.

Posted by: nativedc | February 10, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Wow! what a response. I usually never try to form solid opinions about these things because we aren't privileged enough to know all the facts. That being said, it's clear to me that Lavar has a better grasp of the game, the nuances involved with improving, learning, and lastly the history. I can't say that Clint didn't learn from his vets in Denver prior to coming here, and respected them but if you listen to clint on John Thompson's show and you listen to Lavar it's clear who's more knowledgeable in general, and who has more class. Sometimes Clint needs to ask himself what he has to gain by verbalizing some of the thoughts that he does (and shut up). That comment about Bobby Mitchell...and what he went through to play..and Clint making a mockery of himself with those characters was deep... Lavar hit hard with that...the game in general has changed and any circus like act to get it more attention is widely acceptable within limits...

Posted by: jwmartin_72 | February 10, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I love the passion in Lavar's voice. I think he is spot on. The organization pissed in the wind with him as far as im concerned. Look at what the saints did for Mcallister. that is what a class organization does, not how Danny boy runs things. i respect lavar now, more than i ever have before. He gets it!

Posted by: pkp144 | February 9, 2010 8:34 AM
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At least get your facts straight!! Arrington had a problem with Greg Williams (funny how you mention New Orleans!!) not Snyder!! Arrington was a selfish A$$ and still is!! He felt he knew better than the DC about how to play defense!!
Portis leaves it all on the field which his stats have shown. Arrington left it for the microphone!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | February 10, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Lavar's a man; Clinton like to play dress-up.

Posted by: atrain1 | February 10, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Lavar is a hypocrite, he has no room to talk. CP is an idiot and obviously didn't get the message he is proclaiming to have received and accepted from Shanny.

But let's not forget that Lavar called Joe Gibbs a "COWARD" and also accused him of returning o the NFL "just for the money" so he could finance his NASCAR team ... and just before our first playoff game in 6 years against TB, he went running his mouth to the media and stated that he wanted to leave the Skins organization..

Lavar is living in his own world and is doing nothing more than writing revisionist history. All the comments he made about forgiveness, reconciliation, accountability and love at ST's funeral were nothing more than meaningless words. he has never admitted his faults ... and a big reason why his career went the eay that it did was from his own doings.

I don;t condone CP's loudmouth antics, and would like to see him gone as well. But let's not put Lavar on some kind of pedestal here. He bought his way out of DC and ripped this organization in the media just as much as CP has done to his own teammates. Lavar has done nothing but ride the coattails of this organization and its fan base to his own personal financial benefits. Lavar is not a man ... a real man would not leave his own employees out in the cold when they were promised to have a job for the holidays. Lavar is a COWARD and a LIAR. he dug his own bed and now he shold lie in it.

CP ... just needs to go away.

Posted by: andy31 | February 10, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

This is simple, Clinton Portis has to be cut. There's no cap this year anyway. New coach -- remove the disruptive forces. And don't draft a QB in the first round while you're at it. The pick is too high for that, trade down a couple of picks and get the left tackle, or a defensive stud, but it's a waste with any of these QB's. Skins already have a Colt, give him a shot behind Campbell, and give Campbell a shot behind an offensive line.

Posted by: milfordone | February 10, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

We should bring LaVar in as an extra Linebackers Coach.

Posted by: slystilla412 | February 10, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Lavar was the same person running Gibbs name through the mud. His word hold no water with me. Clinton was an all pro in 08. Why get rid of him? We need to focus on the offensive line, but that's why bloggers arent head coachs. P.S. I rather have someone who's out spoken, than someone who talk silently behind a person's back.

Posted by: icuboy05 | February 10, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

All I remember about Lavar when he was here was that he was always complaining that the coaches weren't using him properly or were asking him to do things he didn't think fit his skills. Both guys would do well to hush up.

Posted by: markfromark | February 10, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Viking fan - but after listening to that I'm going to have to go out and get an old Lavar jersey! Kinda sounds like there is a BIG difference in how things are taught at Penn State vs. The U, huh?? Portis = fairy! Too funny!

Posted by: golfer4fun | February 10, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

You da man L.A. !

Go Skins!

Posted by: DCSPORTSFANATIC | February 10, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Lavar didn't mesh well with Coach Gibbs and his defensive staff. Wouldn't play within the scheme and got benched. That's what ultimately caused him to leave.

Regardless of what happened then, he has my respect and admiration for what he's made of himself since. If Portis had one tenth of his passion and committment he'd be all pro every year.

I don't know what Portis' problem is but it's time for him to go. The 2009 debacle won't really be over until he's gone.

Posted by: jimd3 | February 10, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I listened to the whole hysterical rant by Arrington. First of all they kept teasing it every fifteen minutes from 2pm to 5pm until it finally came off at 5:10 pm. If it was so important they would have led off with it but they waited until "drive time" in hopes of getting higher ratings.

I would not be surprised at all if the rant was written for him. Normally he mutilates the English language to the point of me wondering if he ever went to college.

All he did was talk about how great he was, how much people loved him, and other b.s What the integration of the team had to do with this I have no idea.

He did everything but talk about why he had a dispute with Portis.

Posted by: MKadyman | February 10, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

All I know is that LB guy from Penn St sure left the league in a hurry...while the little RB gives it 110% when he is on the field and throws his body around to block guys 50 plus lbs heavier...Seems like Portis hit a nerve with him...Lavar was a bust just like most of the guys from Penn St. I'm willing to bet money he was on some performance enhancing drugs..the guy stayed hurt despite being a physical freak..a la David Boston...Arrington went from superstar to out of the league quicker than anybody I can remember

Posted by: dgary1107 | February 10, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Lavar words are very nice to hear, I would have likedhim to have stayed with the Redskins longer, regarding Portis I wish he would just go.

Posted by: Dlewis10 | February 11, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Wow! I am ready to play and I am 41. LaVar laid it out there. Loved the passion.

Posted by: ChrisWoody | February 11, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Lavar called Gibbs a coward and gave the Giant's our playbook. Real Redskin my ****.

Posted by: Enos1 | February 11, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Wow. You could feel the passion in his voice, in a generation where none of the new comers pay homage to those that paved the way, LaVar laid it all out on the table for those who are confused on what this is about.

I'm a Giants FAN and could careless what happens in the Deadskins locker room. But LaVar had a deep message, I did notice one thing about his statements though about not playing, yeah he was hurt but when he was healthy you was BENCHED, because he wanted to FREE lance and not DO HIS JOB in the scheme.

If I was a defensive coordinator I would have used him as a situational player on third downs to apply pressure since all he wanted to do was GET after the QB and not have any responsibilities against RUN or PASS.

Playing LB, your JOB is not just to make SACKS. Sacks are GREAT but when teams know your bull rushing every down you leave your DEFENSIVE UNIT open for attack via screen, quick passes, counters etc.

Posted by: bojaqueson | February 11, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I've always sided with LaVar with the on the field issues. Marvin and Grilliams didn't use him the way the man played his entire life, the way he was drafted to play. He was a freelancer and they asked him to play a more traditional OLB role which he didn't adapt well to. CP has shown he's got no heart and thinks he's bigger than the other 53 players. Any RB who throws his OL under the bus like he did in 08, regardless of how bad they were is testament to what type of individual he is. I applaud him for his blocking and his blitz pick up, no RB in the game does it better. I'll give it to him for his performance after Meast died, he played with a purpose. But he isn't that guy anymore and he dosent play like he has a purpose anymore. You don't see Johnson, Peterson, brown, or Williams drawing any negative attention. He knows his light has dimmed on the field and when professional athletes can't get it done on the field they turn to the camera to keep thier pockets straight.

Regardless of what you think about LaVar he delivered a valid articulate message to the youth. Even in our area, how many of us have friends or kids strung out or died from oxies or heroin? LaVar is out there in the community setting a positive example. I have never heard Portis reach out to anyone. Even after his best friend was shot and killed did he speak out on violence? CP should take a look at the way Sean played and leave it on the field. We pay to watch you run through tackles not into the backs of your OL.

Posted by: AnthonyMix | February 11, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

For those of you that don't remember LaVar ended Aikmens career. That act alone makes him a "True Redskin."

Posted by: AnthonyMix | February 11, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

As a PSU alum and an Arrington it brings me great pride to listen to LA's words. Very honest, straightforward and shows a level of respect that defines his character. Much love.

Posted by: PSUarrington | February 12, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I, for one, remember vividly a time when my then 10 year old son and I waited in line for hours to get LaVar Arrington's autograph. This was all my son wanted for his tenth birthday. But, as we were within eye sight of Mr. Arrington, he decided that he'd had enough and just left. He didn't seem to be too concerned about his fans that day. And this was a fan appreciation day. Several others stayed, but not the one person my son wanted to see. Trying explaining that to a ten year old. From that day forward, the Redskins lost their appeal and my respect.

Posted by: bcunningham1 | February 12, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

La Var was great. Respect, intelligence, commitment and passion. Values that make a winning team. On the other hand, Portis wants to generate enough disgust to get cut.

Posted by: adrian7 | February 12, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

If it hasn't become increasingly clear Portis is try to talk his way off of this team, in fact he is screaming. I sure hope someone is pulling the Coach's ear, because for someone who expects his team to vent internally Clinton has walked all over that policy already.

La Var your are still the man at least I can understand you when you explain something. Do you really think we care what Clinton says anymore, except that he is leaving for another team. Those would be music to my ears.

Posted by: MPWTIAN | February 12, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Pardon the misspellig should read "That would be music to my ears", Oh no I am writing like Portis

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

Wow.

Posted by: keithrjackson | February 12, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

So strange that a few years ago when Portis had his own show someone sent in a question about what his personal goal was for the season. Normally you expect the typical team effort statements like help get the team to the playoffs, win the Super Bowl, etc. Nope - Mr. Ego said his personal goal was to make the Pro Bowl. That statement pretty much summed up the compassion that this no talent showboat of a football player has for the sport and the team. I say get your Barbie clothes back out of the closet and see if you can make a more successful career on the strip in Vegas and leave team sports to team players. LaVar, don't stoop to his insignificant level. Class acts always draw the envy of the classless.

Posted by: Dan_in_MD | February 12, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Someone ship Clinton Tortise out of town ASAP. Pay him to get out of dodge, he is a cancer, and you can't win with him.

Posted by: MadeRED | February 12, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Who are Lavar Arrington & Clinton Portis?

Posted by: maggot1 | February 13, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

It would be nice if certain professional football players paid the debts that they incurred on their way to becoming massive restaurant failures. But I guess it's just what you do on the field that counts....right?

Posted by: Holehoggin | February 16, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

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