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Dolphins want investigation into alleged Ravens spitting incident

Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said Monday he'll ask the NFL to look into the team's complaint that Baltimore Ravens running back Le'Ron McClain spit in the face of linebacker Channing Crowder.

Sparano said he has sufficient evidence to pursue the matter with the league.

A video replay from WFOR-TV in Miami appeared to confirm the incident in question when Crowder and McClain were facemask to facemask arguing after a play as an official tried to separate them. McClain has denied it happened.

"I'm not that type of player," McClain told The Baltimore Sun. "If he's frustrated that I was straight getting after him all game, that's a fact. That's his opinion if he thought I spit on him, but the fact is, throughout the game, for four quarters, I was doing my job. And I'll just leave it at that."

Speaking to reporters in the wake of the Dolphins' 26-10 loss to the Ravens, Crowder didn't hold back his contempt for McClain.

"Le'Ron McClain spit in my face," Crowder told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "That's some real (expletive), so if you talk to him tell him he's a (expletive). If he ever comes to Miami, he's got to see me."

Crowder, who also claimed that McClain was cutting him low on blocks, wasn't finished.

"That's the first time anybody spit in my face in my life," he said. "That's like the worst thing you can do to a man as another man, spit in somebody's face. Why would you do that? Why would you even try to?"

It's possible that McClain could face a fine or even suspension if game tapes reveal Crowder's accusations to be true.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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