The Seattle Seahawks caught many people off guard when they decided to trade away Percy Harvin to the New York Jets last weekend. After all he was to all intents and purposes Russell Wilson's number one target.
But as the days have passed and Harvin begins to settle into life in New York a number of stories have come out which suggest all was not well in Seattle.
First there were Pete Carroll's comments which hinted at an inability to control Harvin. Then stories emerged describing the wide receiver coming to blows with Golden Tate in the run up to last season's Super Bowl - leaving the now Detroit Lions man with a black eye.
Neither of which do much for the former Minnesota Vikings star's reputation.
But now a Bleacher Report article has raised suggestions that there may be deeper issues than Percy Harvin's anger remaining in the Seahawks locker room, and they concern quarterback Russell Wilson and his perception amongst teammates.
Citing a number of anonymous players, the report by Mike Freeman claims that Harvin had shown "increasing animosity" towards the Seahawks quarterback and was actually heading a faction within the CenturyLinks Field locker room who shared a dislike for the QB.
The idea a team is not united behind its quarterback has often been cited as the reason for franchise failures throughout the history of the NFL, and must be a worrying thing to hear for Seattle fans.
The most worrying part however concerns the reason for this dislike from some players at least. According to the report a group of African-American players shared an opinion that Russell Wilson wasn't "black enough." Wilson is of multiracial ethnicity.
"There is also an element of race that needs to be discussed. My feeling on this—and it's backed up by several interviews with Seahawks players—is that some of the black players think Wilson isn't black enough." - Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report
What Harvin leaves behind
If the report is true then it should concern Seahawks fans regardless of the fact that Percy Harvin is no longer a part of the locker room.
It is unclear what was the cause for Harvin's dislike of the diminutive QB, but the idea that the roster of the reigning Super Bowl champions is still home to racial tension is obviously not a positive one.
With the team failing to hit the heights of last season, sitting on a 3-3 record after week seven of the NFL season, there is clearly something amiss but many had thought this was simply an on-field issue of efficiency and game structure.
Pete Carroll may have gotten rid of one disruptive force, but by the sounds of it there may well be several more concerning issues for Seattle to deal with in the coming months.
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