ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 13: Wide receiver Patrick Crayton #84 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
To say that Philadelphia Eagles Web site editor Dave Spadaro sparked widespread public outrage last week when he posted a video of himself spitting on the star at Cowboys Stadium might be an overstatement.
Sure, his was a disrespectful and classless act, one that further paints the Eagles' fanbase as a classless bunch of pack-animals; but public sentiment runs the gamut, and not everyone is outraged. This is, after all, a football field that is liable to have all sorts of unconscionable bodily fluids dumped on its surface at one point or another.
But this intentional attempt at disrespect has Cowboys receiver Patrick Crayton more curious than outraged; he sees a double-standard in the Eagles' decision not to punish Spadaro as one that is pretty interesting.
This is because, last summer, one team employee was fired after posting his thoughts on the departure of Brian Dawkins to his Facebook page. The six-year employee was mad, saying [sic]: "Dan is [expletive] devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver. . . Dam Eagles R Retarted!!"
Shortly after this critique, the Eagles canned the offending social networker; the team has already announced that Spadaro will not be punished for the spitting incident.
"My thing is, if they fired a guy over MySpace (Facebook) over a former player, and this guy comes down here and spits on another team's logo and nothing is done about that, it let's us know what Philly thinks about it," said Crayton.
"I don't even know what the repercussions are, what the Philly people did to him, the owner and everything. I don't know if he's been fired or fined or anything. If there was no action, then that let's you know what the owner of Philly and the people up there think about it as well."