Michael Crabtree is starting to become somewhat of an enigma around these parts, and it is starting to become a reactionary process for 49ers Fans as well as those that cover the team. I decided to post a "note" to all 3 of the "players" involved in what soon could become a serious controversy, one that this team and our #1 Wide Receiver doesn't need.
Note to Crabtree: I could care less that you own over 1,000 pairs of shoes, and dawn different clothing on a daily basis; I just want you to show up and play, live up to that top 10 draft pick billing. I will refrain from calling you a "diva", simply because i have no idea what you are like as an individual, and i am not in the game of making ignorant statements about something i have no idea about. Besides, as you said "what is a diva?". When name calling runs out of control many people decide to use terms without even subjecting themselves to the possibility of knowing what the term means in the first place. That said, Vernon Davis has been through it in regards to Mike Singletary and his strict enforcement of playing the game right, and understanding that your part of a team, and not an individual. You would be well advised to take his criticism and move forward. As long as you don't disrespect the team and the franchise with bad of the field incidents, lackluster practices, and bad relationships with fellow members of the team i am okay with you. As long as you contribute on the field, make smart decisions on your route running and continue to improve as a receiver, i am okay with you.
Note to 49ers Reporters: Just because someone isn't too excited about talking to you on a regular basis this doesn't give you the right to chastise the that individual. Some people are not comfortable in the limelight and on camera. This doesn't make that particular person a "diva" it just means he is fairly private. I understand that your "worth" and "respect" may be questioned, and that in your view he acts above you; but any level minded person would understand that is far from the truth There are players like Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, and Tom Brady who love the limelight, love the night life, and love the social interaction; Crabtree isn't any of that. He doesn't go clubbing, doesn't like the "nightlife" or "social" scene. Wouldn't this make him anything but a "diva"? From what i have heard is that he does give 100 percent on the practice field. In fact, Crabtree worked a lot with Alex Smith during the off-season and was scene at the 49ers practice facilities numerous times during the off-year. I know that Owens was much more fun covering, but understand this: That didn't make Terrell Owens a better teammate, it didn't make him a better player, and look how that relationship ended? Traded him for Brandon Whiting right?
Note to 49er Fans (Including Self): I was as angry as any 49er fan when Crabtree decided to sit out the first month and half of this rookie season, plus the entire training camp. I saw that as a selfish move, one that didn't endure him to the 49er faithful. However, it must be understood that he did get bad advise from his agent Eugene Parker and was only 21 at the time. Most of us men understand that we were nowhere near fully matured at that age, and Crabtree was no different. He came in and performed at an all rookie level during his 10 games in 2009. I was really surprised to see him just come in and look confident from day one. Plus, it is well noted that Crabtree was one of the 49ers hardest working players during practices as well. However, like any high draft pick it is up to him to perform at a high level, and if he doesn't criticism is well warranted (I will be one of the first do so). That said, Crabtree hasn't done one thing on the field to warrant that at this point. Look we are all worried about him becoming another Terrell Owens, but from what i have seen in Crabtree he couldn't be further from that
END: As NIner fans we need to nip this growing controversy in the bud right now. Singletary, Davis and Crabtree have done their part, now its time for us to do our part. Until Crabtree does something to warrant our criticism i will fully support him because he is a San Francisco 49ers player, one of our most talented athletes and one of our biggest offensive weapons. If the media continues to harp on this, and we continue to bite the proverbial "fishhook" there may be no turning back and in 4 years time Crabtree may be dawning the white and silver of the Cowboys player in multiple Super Bowls and Pro Bowls. Lets give him the benefit of the doubt, until/if he does something to change that.