Aqib Talib: Michael Crabtree came out to wrestle and fight

AP

Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib blames Michael Crabtree for starting the fight that got both ejected, denying he was defending teammate Chris Harris when he ripped the Raiders wide receiver’s chain off his neck.

“If you see the play, I didn’t defend Chris,” Talib said, via Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post. “He punched Chris, and the next play he came and punched me. He was on his whatever he was on. I wasn’t even defending Chris this time you know what I”m saying. That wasn’t even a problem.”

Harris accused Crabtree of punching him in the stomach the play before Talib and Crabtree renewed their rivalry with fisticuffs. Talib and Crabtree both grew up in Dallas, and the two fought in their last meeting on Jan. 1.

On Sunday, Crabtree was blocking Talib when Talib ripped off Crabtree’s chain. Crabtree then pushed Talib into the ground on the sideline, setting off the melee.

“I came out there to play football on Sunday,” Talib said. “I don’t really know what he came out there to do. I just came out there to play football. He came out here on this extra stuff, so one thing led to another, man. It’s unfortunate. I wish it didn’t happen, but it happened.”

Talib and Crabtree then ended up near the end zone, trading punches.

“The second half of it definitely could have been diffused,” Talib said, via Troy Renck of Denver7. “That’s what I’m disappointed about, the second half of it. The first half of it was him being extra. That’s what he wanted. He didn’t want to play that game. He wanted to come out and wrestle all day. That’s what happened.”

Denver coach Vance Joseph talked to Talib and to the team about the incident, telling them they can’t “fall into the trap of getting into a fight that ends up losing one of our best players.” The Broncos hope they don’t lose Talib this week after the league reviews the incident and disciplines both players.

“I hope the league sees how it started,” Talib said when asked if he fears a suspension. “I hope the league sees that, basically, how it started and sees I didn’t come out there to fight and wrestle with him.”

41 responses to “Aqib Talib: Michael Crabtree came out to wrestle and fight

  1. Talib started it last year when he said if crabtree wore his chain he would rip it off…. then after a play he ripped it off and ran like a coward….. then was shown on tv laughing about it and telling another player he ripped it off. If he league would have disciplined him last year for this and I bet this fight would have never happened.

  2. Hmm, Wasn’t that another one of Crabtree’s chains in Talib’s hand before the melee broke out? . . . But he just came to play. 🤫

  3. The Broncos are in complete disarray. They need stronger leadership on and off the field or they are bound to years of mediocrity. I am surprised they didn’t promote Phillips as the HC once Kubiak retired. That was a dumb move by Elway that is costing the team dearly.

  4. We all seen you get blocked out of the state and all your itch teammates jump in to help you jump a dude. Teammates grabbing at his legs to keep him down. Keep it classy Denver. let’s not forget talib has been involved in a shooting or two.

  5. Talib is a punk anyway. Who goes out there and rips another player’s chain off? I don’t think they should be wearing these silly chains and big diamond earrings during games anyway, but come on man!

  6. They’re both tools but in this case, Talib, you ripped his chain off (Which he shouldn’t have worn in the first place), so you instigated it. You’re the slightly bigger tool I guess.

  7. They both are perfect examples of why viewers are sick of the league. They are all about themselves and getting TV time. We are SICK of players like them, players that kneel, and all of them turning Sundays into TMZ footage.

  8. Talib is a punk.

    It was his 2nd time ripping Crab’s chain.

    This time Crab was gonna see what Talib’s hands had to say about it.

    Stupidity all around, but it was fun to watch.

  9. He was cleanly blocked, didnt like it and like the punk he is, went for Crabtrees chain again.. AGAIN !! Crabs then drove him into the ground. Talib is whats wrong with the NFL these days

  10. Talib shows up for every game looking to instigate animosity and hate with his opponents.

    Bullies only understand one language, Crabtree was speaking it this time.

  11. Talib is a punk. He started it by ripping off his chain, which Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison said was bush league. He pulled the chain then tried to run away like a chicken. I hope the league suspends both of them for a game. Talib will whine like a little girl because that’s the way he is.

  12. donterrelli says:
    November 27, 2017 at 5:27 pm
    Talib is a punk anyway. Who goes out there and rips another player’s chain off? I don’t think they should be wearing these silly chains and big diamond earrings during games anyway, but come on man!
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    They should be left in the locker room, next to his purse

  13. Crabtree is wearing a chain because he can. It’s not a violation so he will continue just like many other players do. That does not mean you can intentionally rip off a chain to disrespect a player. That’s taunting and should be flagged every time. Harris got what he deserved from previous dirty plays.

  14. the real issue is the nfl does nothing to Talib last year when he ripped Crabtree’s chain off. So this year, when he does it again on like the 4th offensive Raiders play, Crabtree was left with only one possible decision after talib “AGAIN’ rips off his chain…and that was to continue to play through with the block after the whistle and drive him to the ground. Then its Talib who rips offs Crabtree’s helmet, and about 5 to 7 Broncos are all around Crabtree—bottom line they both missed the entire game, along with Gabe Jackson but Talib should get another games suspension. If not get ready for part three next year if both of these guys are on the teams

  15. ““I came out there to play football on Sunday,” Talib said. “I don’t really know what he came out there to do. I just came out there to play football.”

    If that were actually true you would not have ripped the chain off. Your actions say these words are nothing but a badly told lie.

  16. He was a jackass in New England too. Then Steve Smith came in and made him look like an idiot. I wasn’t that sad when he left.

  17. “He was a jackass in New England too. Then Steve Smith came in and made him look like an idiot. I wasn’t that sad when he left.”

    Me neither. Plus he was made of glass in the playoffs. Two consecutive years he went out during an important game….

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