Jan 30, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree (15) at a press conference at the Marriott New Orleans in advance of Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

49ers: Michael Crabtree Says Alex Smith's Benching Divided the Locker Room

Earlier this week San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree stated that he did not want to start a “controversy” by talking to much about his departed quarterback Alex Smith.

Well guess what? He’s talking about Alex Smith again. Crabtree has a series of comments that are running in the Sacramento Bee that detail the team’s locker room environment when Smith was pushed to the side in favor of Colin Kaepernick.

“I hate to talk about it. But you have the starting quarterback, and a couple of weeks later, he’s the starting scout-team quarterback,” Crabtree said. “And he’s taking all the snaps with the scout team. It was kind of crazy to see.” “You had guys on Alex Smith’s side, guys on Colin Kaepernick’s side,” Crabtree said. “I was on the winning side. … You can’t beat the guy who was hot. Kap was hot. As soon as he came in, even though we lost that game – I think it was a tie, that game – he came in and it just went up from there. We were scoring that many more touchdowns. We were just going every drive it seemed like. … We had like a triple threat with Kap’s feet, the passing game and the running game.”

Crabtree went on to wish Smith well. “I wish him success with the Chiefs, man.”

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