The NFL suspended former Big 12 players Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree for two games Monday after they sparked a brawl during Sunday’s Broncos-Raiders game.
Officials ejected both players after the fight. Talib, who went to Kansas, and Crabtree, who went to Texas Tech, have had problems in the past, including an altercation in 2016. Chris Harris, Talib’s Denver teammate and fellow cornerback, alleged Crabtree, a receiver, punched him the play before the fight.
Talib and Crabtree will reportedly appeal their suspensions, according to NFL.com.
Both altercations involved Talib ripping Crabtree’s chain off his neck. After last year’s incident, Crabtree apparently taped his chain to himself ahead of another matchup with Talib.
Raiders’ WR Michael Crabtree taped his chain to himself before Sunday’s game, knowing he was facing the chain-snatching Broncos CB Aqib Talib. And Talib still got it.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 27, 2017
Jon Runyan, the NFL’s Vice President of Football Operations, wrote a letter notifying Crabtree of his suspension.
“The series of flagrant violations for which you are being disciplined began with 12:31 remaining in the first quarter — less than three minutes into the game,” Runyan wrote, per NFL.com. “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. 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.”
Runyan also wrote a letter to Talib.
“The series of flagrant violations for which you are being disciplined began less than three minutes into the game,” Runyan wrote, per NFL.com. 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. … Such actions have no place in this game, engender ill will between teams, and lead to further confrontations.”
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