Former Seahawks WR Percy Harvin took responsibility for the altercation at Super Bowl XLVIII when he punched then-teammate Golden Tate in the face.
That was revealed during an interview with Bleacher Report where Harvin stated the entire thing was his fault and even admitted it was the worst thing that had come from his battle with anxiety issues.
The Seattle Seahawks were in New York preparing for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, when Tate found himself answering questions from reporters about Harvin and stated the team had found ways to win without him and intended to do the same thing during the Super Bowl.
As you might expect, Harvin was pissed off with those comments.
“Thinking about it now, I can’t even believe I did it. … Fast forward, we’re in the meeting room, and I kind of asked him about it, like, ‘Yo, bro. What’s going on? You’re not even happy for me? This has been going on on all season.’ I was so already wrapped up it probably didn’t matter what his answer was…. I was already at 10.”
That’s when Harvin punched Tate in the face so hard that he landed in a trash can.
“Let’s just say we locked up. The owners had to come in to the locker room. The fact of hitting him into the trash can — all that type of stuff — it was true. Like I said, it was bad. The whole situation — what we keep harping on — that’s what made it bad, because we had team pictures that day, and you could see: tense. We didn’t seem like a team that was ready to play a Super Bowl.”
Running back Marshawn Lynch would approach Harvin the following day to place peacekeeper. The two would eventually talk it out and move on.