It looks like chain snatching during an NFL game isn’t cool.
During Sunday’s Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos matchup, Aqib Talib decided to snatch Michael Crabtree’s chain right off his neck. It led to the two falling out-of-bounds and tussling on the ground while Crabtree wasn’t even wearing his helmet. Moments later both teams joined in and an all out brawl ensued between both rosters.
Both players were immediately ejected in the first half and more penalties were sure to follow. And one of those penalties just so happens to be a two game suspension for Crabtree and Talib.
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, wasn’t happy with the decision and cited a similar brawl a few weeks ago that didn’t have nearly as many repercussions.
Del Rio was referring to a fight between A.J. Green and Jalen Ramsey. Green initially lightly shoved Ramsey’s shoulder, who responded by pushing Green to the ground and a fight broke out after Green grabbed Ramsey around the neck. Both were ejected, but they didn’t receive any further punishments.
But what could have made last weekend’s fight cause for suspension? For starters, Crabtree and Talib have history. That’s right, the two got into a scuffle last season, too. But the underlying issue? Apparently Talib just isn’t a fan of Crabtree’s choice of jewelry.
“He just been wearing that chain all year, man, it’s just been growing on me,” he said after the Week 17 game last season.
So when the two finally faced off he decided enough was enough.
“I said if he wears that chain in front of me, I’m going to snatch it off,” Talib said. “He wore it in front of me, so I had to snatch it off. He started crying to the ref. He didn’t say nothing to me though.”
Crabtree must’ve gotten his chain fixed during the offseason, and Talib noticed… so he popped his chain again.
Both players have appealed their two game suspensions.