Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph was very unhappy that cornerback Aqib Talib got himself ejected early in the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders.
Talib got into a fight with Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree that ended with punches thrown in a scene that resembled a schoolyard fight. Joseph said that it was selfish move by Talib.
“I don’t like it and it’s unacceptable,” Joseph said, via The Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala. “We can’t lose a player for a personal battle.”
It is very much personal between Crabtree and Talib. Last season, Talib snatched Crabtree’s chain during the last game of the regular season. After that game, Talib talked about how he had already said to Crabtree that if he wore the chain again that it would be snatched.
Crabtree didn’t play when the Broncos and Raiders first met this season, but it took only a matter of minutes for Talib to snatch the chain again on Sunday, and chaos ensued. Both players were ejected, and so was Raiders guard Gabe Jackson for pushing a referee during the brawl. Also, there were many other player involved in that situation, so a lot of fines will be issued.
As entertaining as it was, Joseph is right. Talib was out of line the first time, and the second time was ridiculous. Hopefully the NFL realizes this and won’t suspend Crabtree for further games.
The Raiders defeated the Broncos 21-14, and are one game behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West standings.