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Joey Porter Refused To Leave The Game

Posted by Mike on November 24, 2008

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Per Miami Herald:

With 3:23 left to play in Sunday’s Dolphins loss to the Patriots, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano got an ugly glimpse of how hard to control Joey Porter is when the linebacker collected an unnecessary roughness penalty — no doubt, on purpose.

One play later Porter was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct — just a guess here, but whatever he did was probably premeditated. And so Sparano had seen enough. He sent Charlie Anderson into the game to replace Porter.

Porter refused to leave the field in direct insubordination of his coach’s wishes. Porter ordered Anderson to go back to the bench. After the game, Porter refused to speak with the media. (So much for being a stand-up guy.)

But Sunday’s refusal to do what Sparano ordered is a problem. Joey Porter crossed the line. And it’s not the first time it happens with a rookie head coach as Porter crossed the line several times with Cam Cameron last year.

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