Aqib Talib, Michael Crabtree Suspended Over Fight
Following Sunday’s fight, Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib and Oakland Raiders wideout Michael Crabtree were suspended by the NFL.
Both were suspended for two games, according to the NFL Network.
The two got into a scuffle during Sunday’s game, with both throwing punches. They were suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness, USA Today reported.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 26, 2017
Both Talib and Crabtree are appealing their suspensions.
In the fracas, Crabtree blocked and pushed Talib out of bounds, prompting Talib to rip Crabtree’s helmet off. Several Denver players then rushed over. They both shoved one another before facing off again and throwing punches.
Talib reportedly ripped off Crabtree’s chain from around his neck—doing the same thing he did during a game last year. According to USA Today, Crabtree had taped the chain to his chest this time.
They were both ejected from the game after that.
How Crabtree v Talib went down this time pic.twitter.com/wHfMFRfnr1
— James Dart (@James_Dart) November 26, 2017
“I guess the second half of it definitely could have been defused,” Talib said. “That’s what I’m disappointed about, the second half of it. The first half, that was him being extra. That’s what he wanted. He didn’t want to play that game, he wanted to come out and wrestle all day. It’s all right.”
Broncos cornerback Chris Harris alleged that Crabtree punched him during the previous play.
NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan noted the punch in a letter to Crabtree, USA Today reported.
“First, you punched a Broncos opponent Chris Harris in the midsection, resulting in him being removed from the game. Then, on the subsequent play, you blocked a different Broncos opponent (Aqib Talib) into the sidelines beyond the yellow media border, well after the play was over,” he said.
He added: “Your actions triggered a melee and endangered various sideline and league personnel, including one of our Game Officials who was injured trying to maintain control of the situation. Finally, during the ensuing altercation, you grabbed and twisted that same opponent’s facemask and threw a punch at him … Such actions have no place in this game, engender ill will between teams, and lead to further confrontations.”
He also wrote a letter to Talib.
“First, while competing on the field of play, you deliberately ripped your opponent’s chain from his neck just as you did last year when you played against him. Then, when the two of you went to the ground after a subsequent play, you aggressively removed his helmet and threw it in his direction, endangering him and various sideline personnel in the near vicinity. Finally, once you were momentarily separated from your opponent, you again engaged him and threw a punch,” he wrote.
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