Report: Percy Harvin gave Golden Tate a black eye

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

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.

Former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin stands on the sideline late in the second half of the Seahawks' 30-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in an NFL football game in Seattle. The New York Jets acquired Harvin from the Seahawks, Friday.

Lance Zierlein, a radio host in Houston and co-owner of, 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.