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Broncos quarterback Aqib Talib and Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree were ejected from their teams’ game in Oakland on Sunday after a brawl that reportedly began when Talib snatched Crabtree’s chain from around his neck… just as he did in another game last season.

It may seem weak of Crabtree to get his chain snatched two years in a row (It also might seem weak of Talib to try that stunt two years in a row), but the receiver seems to have gone the extra mile to prevent the robbery. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Crabtree actually taped his chain to himself in preparation for facing Talib, to no avail.

We’ve gotta give it to Talib here. It’s already impressive to twice steal the chain off a 6-foot-1-inch, 215-pound grown man. It’s even more impressive to do it when he has literally taped the chain to his chest.

Seriously, this is some kind of coordination. Just watch him reach and yank, as Crabtree has hands all over him.

Yes, Talib got himself ejected, which helped lead to his team losing a must-win game by one score. But at least he secured his reputation as the best chain-snatcher in the NFL.

As for Crabtree, he might want to try duct tape next season.

UPDATE: Crabtree and Talib have been suspended two games apiece, which is an awfully steep punishment, but both will appeal.

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3 thoughts on “Michael Crabtree taped his chain to himself before facing Aqib Talib… who still managed to snatch it

  1. Or, and I know this idea is crazy, but hear me out….maybe he could NOT WEAR THE CHAIN on the field?

  2. Talib is a street punk no different than most NFL players. He is resorting to habits probably developed as a result of having no positive male role models in his life. Crabteree is no better. Both are embarassments to all black people by living up to racist stereotypes.

  3. I find it disturbing ESPN falsely reported he taped his chain when he didn’t then the lie gets repeated by other media. Fair and accurate journalism is completely dead in America.

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