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Lions wide receiver Golden Tate might have had a small role in a surprising mid-season trade that sent wide receiver Percy Harvin from the Seattle Seahawks to the New York Jets Friday.

Lance Zierlein, a radio host in Houston and co-owner of thesidelineview.com, reported Friday Harvin had a history of confrontations with teammates in Seattle including Tate.

During the Super Bowl week last year, Harvin reportedly punched Tate and left him with a black eye.

Tate signed a five-year deal with the Lions this offseason worth $31 million, leaving the team with which he won that Super Bowl.

The Minnesota Vikings traded Harvin, a first-round pick in 2009, to Seattle in 2013 for a first- and seventh-round pick in 2013 and a third-round pick this year.

Harvin played in just one game last season due to a hip injury, but played a key role in the postseason, including 45 rushing yards and an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Super Bowl win over the Denver Broncos.

Now, Harvin is on his way to the Jets for a conditional draft pick because the Seahawks were reportedly worried about him hurting team chemistry.

ESPN confirmed Zierlein's report of Harvin giving Tate a black eye.

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