By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8
Today the NFL announced that Oakland Raider Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver Bronco Cornerback Aqib Talib would be suspended for two games without pay as a result of the fight that took place on Sunday.
Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib are being suspended two games each for unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 28, 2017
Last season, Talib ripped the gold chain off of Crabtree’s neck during a play, causing a lot of comments but no consequences for either player. They didn’t meet when the Raiders played the Broncos earlier this year since Crabtree did not play, but he knew something might happen this week and he was prepared. At least, he thought he was prepared…
Michael Crabtree literally tried to tape his chain down and Aqib Talib got it anyway. That’s the ultimate diss.
— 12up (@12upSport) November 28, 2017
But alas, during a play in which Crabtree was blocking Talib, he felt the chain get ripped off again and took that opportunity to block Talib right down to the ground. They gained their feet, Crabtree, without his helmet, and he threw a punch at Talib. Now, trying to hit a guy wearing a helmet isn’t the brightest thing to do, but tempers run high during games and since the NFL didn’t feel the need to discipline Talib last year, it would seem Crabtree felt honor-bound to avenge his broken chain.
Here’s how the fight started between Talib and Crabtree. pic.twitter.com/qaLN2GXtV6
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) November 26, 2017
Sentiments on twitter seem to weigh heavily on the side of Crabtree, plus most seem to think the two-game suspensions are overkill. While I don’t think Crabtree was justified in throwing a punch, I do agree that the suspension is too much considering the role both the NFL and the Broncos played by their inaction over last seasons antics.
I am Beyond PROUD of Michael Crabtree and Don’t mind Him getting kicked out. He showed that punk Talib That He is NOT going to allow him to intimidate him in any way. Congrats Crabtree…..You showed That RAIDER fire that made the Raiders Great and made the Raiders feared. KUDOS pic.twitter.com/MxBtt5v5gX
— Raider Jeff (@Raiderfan33) November 27, 2017
Most bronco excitement all year was Crabtree vs Talib pt.2 and it’s already over ?
— still gonna SEND it (@tyce_morgan244) November 26, 2017
What this fight does accomplish, however, is to add one more item to the list of problems that the NFL and Roger Goodell need to address. From the National Anthem protests to the rising injury rates and CTE to the less-than-stellar product on the field, ratings are on the decline. They risk losing fans if they don’t get this ship righted.
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