“My [Bills] teammates accept me a little more,” Harvin said. “What I mean by that I felt when I went to Seattle a lot of the receivers took me as a threat rather than accepting me as a teammate. I always told those guys, I pulled them to the side several times after seeing the comments they was making to the media, ‘hey, guys, I’m here to ball with you, to take us to the next level.’ A lot of guys were looking at they were established and they didn’t need any help. I just took it as I never was kind of accepted in the receiver group by all the members.”
Harvin said he felt he had to “walk on egg shells” at times in Seattle, adding, “That in itself drew frustrations on top of not being accepted in my receiver group, so just kind of never was able to get comfortable in Seattle.”
After the Seahawks traded Harvin, reports surfaced that he was unpopular with his teammates. Bob Condotta and Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times reported that Harvin and then-teammate Golden Tate had an altercation before Super Bowl XLVIII "that resulted in Tate getting a black eye."
The Times also reported that Harvin and teammate Doug Baldwin had an altercation before a preseason game in 2014 in which Baldwin suffered a cut on his chin.
“There were things I should have handled in a different manner,” Harvin said when asked why he feels he's gotten a bad rap in his career. “I felt in the locker room, I feel you always want to handle things man-to-man, which is kind of what I did in the Doug situation. But that ended up turning and backfired.”
You can watch Harvin's full appearance on First Take below.
- Molly Geary