The Redskins’ Tim Hightower is about to face the Arizona Cardinals, the team that traded him away last month. When asked about the game on Monday, he said "I want to win this game and we're going to win this game."
That comment has apparently reached the Valley of the Sun. This afternoon Arizona defensive lineman Darnell Dockett (@ddockett, pictured) had a series of tweets that appeared to be directed at Hightower.
Yoooo did this MOFO guarantee a victory?
Mann I need to hear it out the horses mouth! I need proof! I won't say no names but ill check in to that! *back to reading my book*
I hear ya lil homie.... And that's how I'm gonna leave it.
(Dockett’s Twitter timeline is laced with profanities, so we are fortunate that we just got the abbreviation in the first tweet instead of the whole work.)
The question that needs to be asked is if what Hightower said amounted to a “guarantee.” I don’t think so.
In my book, the words “I guarantee it” have to be used for such a statement to qualify as a guarantee. “Know”, “promise”, and “swear” and the like can be used in place of “guarantee”. What Hightower said, while it may have been bold, was not a guarantee.
I have always thought that such “bulletin board” material is something that is highly overrated in terms of providing motivation for NFL teams anyway. If you need a rather innocuous statement by a former teammate to get you fired up for one of the 16 games you get to play in a season, you are in trouble anyway.
Hightower is scheduled to speak with the media tomorrow and I will be sure to ask him about what he said and his former teammate’s reaction to it. Check back then for further details.