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.
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
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.
Crabtree out here going AFTER Talib ? Talib has now ripped off Crabtree’s chain 2 years in a row pic.twitter.com/p7FusIKkUJ
— Football Is Life (@FootbaIl_Tweets) November 26, 2017
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.
Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib are being suspended two games each for unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 28, 2017