Giants wide receiver Golden Tate is back playing at MetLife Stadium, where he won a Super Bowl as a member of the Seattle Seahawks in 2014.
It was the night before that Super Bowl, though, when there was a reported fight between Tate and teammate Percy Harvin.
Harvin and Tate reportedly came to blows the night before beating the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII, but that is not entirely true.
Tate appeared on Ian Rapoport's Rapsheet + Friends podcast this week, where he spoke about what it has been like joining the Giants, but also tried to set the record straight on what actually happened that night.
"The day before the Super Bowl we come in on Saturday and, per usual, I say hi and what's up to the receivers," Tate said. "Percy seemed to be upset and have an attitude. No one knew why. ... A few hours later I said, 'What's up, how you doing?' He looked upset about things. I never knew, turned out, I guess he read some article published and he thought a couple receivers were talking bad about him."
The quotes in question were how the Seahawks were able to excel without Harvin, who was injured all season, but Tate explained that there was no ill-will behind the quotes and that Harvin was a role model for him.
When I got #Giants WR Golden Tate on RapSheet + Friends, there were 2 burning questions: 1. Are the #Lions headed in the right direction? 2. Did you really fight Percy Harvin before the Super Bowl? He answered 25:00 in. Plus, @MikeGarafolo & @TomPelissero: https://t.co/FlvNm4B54t- Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 31, 2019
"I think he took that as we were talking down about him or saying we didn't needhim, which was not the case," he said. "We wanted to win a Super Bowl. It didn't matter how we did it or with who we did it. I think he took it the wrong way and there was a scuffle. There were no punches thrown. Nothing really happened."
The next day Tate and Harvin won the Super Bowl but the story took on a life of its own afterward, with reports that Harvin body-slammed Tate and gave him a black eye.
"The media blew it out of proportion that I had a black eye. That was not the case," Tate said.