NFL suspends Michael Crabtree, Aqib Talib two games each

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The NFL has come down hard on Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree and Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib after they fought on the field during Sunday’s game.

Both Crabtree and Talib have been suspended two games, a punishment harsher than most were suggesting, and one that makes a strong statement from the league office that on-field fights will not be tolerated.

NFL Vice President of Football Operations John Runyan told Crabtree in a letter, “First, you punched a Broncos opponent Chris Harris in the midsection, resulting in him being removed from the game. Then, on the subsequent play, you blocked a different Broncos opponent (Aqib Talib) into the sidelines beyond the yellow media border, well after the play was over. Your actions triggered a melee and endangered various sideline and League personnel, including one of our Game Officials who was injured trying to maintain control of the situation.”

Runyan wrote in his letter to Talib, “”You deliberately ripped your opponent’s chain from his neck just as you did last year when you played against him. Then, when the two of you went to the ground after a subsequent play, you aggressively removed his helmet and threw it in his direction, endangering him and various sideline personnel in the near vicinity. Finally, once you were momentarily separated from your opponent, you again engaged him and threw a punch.”

Both Crabtree and Talib are likely to appeal their suspensions.

93 responses to “NFL suspends Michael Crabtree, Aqib Talib two games each

  1. How do you make an NFL player sit out a game? Suspend him two games and then reduce it to one on appeal.

  2. They should’ve made it 4 games, so the both of them could leave the country to clear their heads. It was dumb, but Talib was the one who started it with the chain pulling.

  3. Talib should have gotten 3 games for previous actions, and Crabtree should have gotten none. Talib is a cheap shot artist, and has a history of being dirty. Donkee’s have been dirty for years too.

  4. Talib should take his helmet off before trying to throw punches at a guy without his on. What a coward. They both deserve the suspensions for sure but Talib probably deserved an extra game just for that alone. Gonna go swingin at a guys face while yours is covered by a face mask? What a chickensh……i better stop before my comment gets moderated. You get the point.

  5. Talib shouldn’t be in the league anymore…. he has had enough chances. I’m sure the suspension will get reduced to 0 because nfl discipline makes 0 sense

  6. No appeals are needed in this case. It is what it is and should have been for the rest of the season and post season. Idiots all aglow.

  7. Hockey allows players to fight, why doesn’t the NFL allow it? They love changing and adding rules every year, I am sure they can add one more rule. It’s a violent game, give them half a minute to fight it out and then break it up. This isn’t a sport for children.

  8. kepickle says:
    November 27, 2017 at 9:31 pm
    should have been for the rest of this season & post season

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    Lol. Postseason. Either of them.

  9. 2 games??? But no games for AJ Green?
    What a joke!!
    And all you “fans” with your tuff guy takes, “there’s no place for this in our game”, “2 games isn’t enough”, “it’s about time”, blah, blah, blah.
    What a bunch of Sissies!!
    When Trump talks tuff and acts like a buffoon you goofballs eat it up, and can’t get enough, but when things get a little sideways between two high level athletes during competition you hide under your mothers skirts, lol
    I loved every second of it, just as entertaining as a good hockey fight.

  10. Their inevitable appeals should NOT reduce their suspension. This wasn’t your “a little too chippy after the play” scuffle. I was surprised as hell at what I saw.

  11. Talib should be gone at least as long Gordon. Then again larceny, assault and attempted murder aren’t nearly as bad in the league’s eyes as smoking dope…

  12. So pummeling each other and ripping off gear during a game in front of kids was, combined, as bad as it being more probable than not that Tom Brady is generally aware of the laws of physics.

    Fire Goodell.

  13. This Crabtree didn’t start the fight talk is BS.
    He clearly threw an uppercut punch to the midsection of Harris the play before the fight, causing Harris to miss a number of plays.
    Crabtree should have been thrown out and suspended on that play alone.
    Having said all that Talib deserves his punishment as well.

  14. I’m sure Talib is whining like a little girl about being suspended. He’s nothing but a big-mouthed punk. One of these days he’ll mess with the wrong person and they’ll teach him a lesson.

  15. Let me get this right. Crabtree initiates a normal block, Talib doesn’t like it so he (again) rips Crabtree’s chain. Crabtree is frustrated, so he takes the block all the way to the ground. Talib really doesn’t like that, so he and about 4 other Broncos throw Crab on the ground and rip his helmet off. Crabtree walks off, Talib follows him, then ensues to throw a punch. Talib whiffs the punch, Crab hits him back. This kinda stuff can easily be avoided.

  16. kepickle says:
    November 27, 2017 at 9:31 pm
    should have been for the rest of this season & post season

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    Don’t worry. Neither of these teams are participating in the post season this year.

  17. The NFL can’t make up its mind. On one hand it tries to tone down the personal fouls with penalties, while on the other hand allowing altercations between players to continue until a fight breaks out and benches clear.

    NHL take notice, you have some competition.

  18. weepingjebus says:
    November 27, 2017 at 10:06 pm
    So pummeling each other and ripping off gear during a game in front of kids was, combined, as bad as it being more probable than not that Tom Brady is generally aware of the laws of physics.

    Fire Goodell.

    10 4 Rate This

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    sad, isn’t it?

  19. kepickle says:
    November 27, 2017 at 9:31 pm
    should have been for the rest of this season & post season

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    Lol. Postseason. Either of them.
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    Donkeys don’t have a chance of being in the postseason. 🚽

  20. I’m as liberal as they come and believe the league has a huge stick up their rear end. But I even gotta say: There’s no place for that nonsense. Although the hypocrisy of CBS showing the video 900 times and then saying “Fighting is bad” isn’t lost on me either.

  21. I agree Crabtree should get suspended. He started it all. Harris didn’t have anything to do with anything, and Crabtree sucker punched him. Then he attacked Talib. Talib getting thrown out of the game was good enough for me. He doesn’t need to be suspended. I couldn’t care less about a man wearing a necklace to a game. I’m glad Talib yanked it off of him.

  22. Talib should get the heat of this. He blatantly ripped off a guys chain and laughed about it on national television. And nothing happened. If you did that to me you bet your behind im coming for you the next game.
    Also Talib went out of his way to strike him after a play. Then walked THROUGH the Raiders sideline

  23. No big deal. Both these teams are finished. If either of these players were on the Patriots or Steelers, the NFL would have massaged this issue. Either way, easy call for the NFL given where both teams are right now.

  24. Talib is being portrayed as the bad guy in the media. Reality is that Crabtree threw the first punch, or should I say, cheap shot, and Talib was just reacting.

  25. kepickle says:
    November 27, 2017 at 9:31 pm
    should have been for the rest of this season & post season

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    Neither of these guys will be in the post season.

  26. Neighborhood Rules. Crabtree had an agenda. Brought in onto the field. If he was serious he would’ve handled this off the field in private. Crabtree is still mad at Richard Sherman too.

  27. Jackie the Goat says:
    November 27, 2017 at 10:59 pm
    *Yawn* People still watching “professional football’?
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    Yup…made more sense than pretending to be outraged over anthem protests and calling for a boycott of the sport but still commenting about it online as much as possible.

  28. they will win the appeal, all they have to do is show the aj green mma fight and say he was not suspended but ejected so the same should happen for us or go back and give aj green 2 games.

  29. Blackpool says:
    November 27, 2017 at 11:38 pm
    No big deal. Both these teams are finished. If either of these players were on the Patriots or Steelers, the NFL would have massaged this issue. Either way, easy call for the NFL given where both teams are right now.

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    Raiders control their own destiny and could very realistically be tied for 1st place in the AFC West five days from now. This suspension would keep Crabtree out of a huge game in KC.
    Leave it to the NFL to ignore all precedents to hurt the Raiders.

  30. fluiddarkness says:
    November 27, 2017 at 10:35 pm
    Talib learned this from his time in New England. Enabled and all that jazz.

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    But he already had a history of problems his years in TB, they were about done with his stuff and willing to trade him away. In NE Belichick actually got him to behave for a year so no problems. Then NE wasnt willing to meet his price but Denver was and in Denver its been a string of incidents. So how did you conclude this all comes out of his one year in NE, the one team and coach that managed to get him to behave? That seems a bit out there.

  31. Blackpool says:
    November 27, 2017 at 11:38 pm
    No big deal. Both these teams are finished. If either of these players were on the Patriots or Steelers, the NFL would have massaged this issue. Either way, easy call for the NFL given where both teams are right now.

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    If either player had been on the Patriots that day they would be on the Browns as of today. Thats been shown before to be the price of doing stupid stuff on the field that costs the team.

  32. Talib should have gotten 3 games for previous actions, and Crabtree should have gotten none. Talib is a cheap shot artist, and has a history of being dirty. Donkee’s have been dirty for years too.

    You have no clue what you are talking about. Craptree started the whole fight. He came out and punched Chris Harris Jr in the gut on the first play of the game. But yeah Craptree isn’t dirty at all! Say what you will about Talib but Harris Jr is not a cheap shot artist. Craptree came out looking to fight instead of playing football and Talib gave him what he wanted.

  33. Crabtree should of been suspended 3 games, and Talib 2. Both will get reduced to one game but in my opinion, justified or not, Crabtree came into that game knowing he was going to fight someone for being embarrassed last year by having his chain ripped off.

  34. Talib should get the heat of this. He blatantly ripped off a guys chain and laughed about it on national television. And nothing happened. If you did that to me you bet your behind im coming for you the next game.
    Also Talib went out of his way to strike him after a play. Then walked THROUGH the Raiders sideline

    Another comment from a know nothing. It didn’t have anything to do with the stupid chain. If that was what it was about why did Crabtree come out and punch Harris Jr on the first play? Harris Jr had nothing to do with the chain incident. Oh and btw genius Talib had to go through the Raiders sidelines it is the only way into the locker room in that crappy stadium.

  35. kepickle says:

    November 27, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    should have been for the rest of this season & post season

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    Postseason? You can’t be serious. Neither of these teams will sniff the postseason

  36. @delhommed says:

    Talib shouldn’t be in the league anymore…. he has had enough chances. I’m sure the suspension will get reduced to 0 because nfl discipline makes 0 sense
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    NOOOOOO! If he’s not in the league, those of us that live in the Metroplex and golf where he lives will be under considerable threat of violence! LOl

  37. These two should be banned from the NFL for life. Add Josh Norman and Suh to that list as well. No room in the NFL for dirty players and they all fit that description.

  38. 4rings4brady says:
    November 27, 2017 at 10:04 pm
    wasnt enough. 6 games minimum for that conduct. it was the second time for both.
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    You are ignorant. The first time was 0 to do with Crabs and he didnt retaliate after Talib ripped his chain off.

    Nevermind, youre a Patsy fan, facts dont mean anythign to you.

  39. Jackie the Goat says:
    November 27, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    *Yawn* People still watching “professional football’?
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    People still pretending they don’t? How are you going to be on a football blog AND commenting on it? Trying to sound like you’re above everyone else? Corny dudes are the worst dudes.

  40. Crabtree should have taken Talib down by the facemask and choked him out on the field. See if he tries any funny business again.

  41. what about the six other players that jumped on Crabtree and took his helmet off? If The NFL wouldve shut down Talib the first time he ripped the necklace off it wouldnt have happened

  42. nhpats says:
    November 28, 2017 at 10:12 am
    Look at the upside….at least Aqib didn’t shoot anyone

    …..Or himself

  43. NFL is fixed. Goodell should be fired. These suspensions should be vacated after appeal. Jon Runyan’s assertion of what happened is bogus and like Troy Vincent with Tom Brady in spygate should be questioned.

  44. fordbw says:
    November 28, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Talib is being portrayed as the bad guy in the media.
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    That’s because he is a bonafide eye poking, facemask twisting, punch throwing, shoots himself in the leg scumbag.

  45. Jackie the Goat says:
    *Yawn* People still watching “professional football’?
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    Double yawn. People who proclaim they don’t watch “professional football” not only access a site devoted solely to “professional football,” they take the time to read and comment about not being interested in “professional football.”

  46. The NFL has nobody to blame but themselves for this incident. If they had suspended AJ Green this may not have happened. By allowing AJ Green’s actions to be no more punishable than an ejection, it gave the green light to all players to administer their own justice on the field.

  47. Appeal the suspensions?? Really??

    What part of what was sent in a letter isn’t the truth…fact… and supported by video and last years video??

    How dare they try to defect this from their actions.. disgusting

  48. These guys get in a fight and get suspended for 2 games.

    Danny Trevathan spears a guy in the helmet and knocks him unconcious and only sits for 1.

    Smart………………

  49. Once upon a time, two individuals at the company I work for got into a physical fight on the job. They were both terminated swiftly.

    So…why not ban both of them from the league? Baseball doesn’t seem to have any issue with banning folks for life for certain situations, but the NFL seems to be much more lenient.

    I’m not jaded enough to think that an attempt at a lifetime suspension would ever stick, but I think it would be interesting if they attempted to go in that direction.

  50. It’s all gonna be OK though….NFL revenues are Devastatingly LOW….and they did it to themselves. Hope y’all can afford the NFL network – because network TV won’t broadcast if their numbers are that LOW.

    Bye Bye NFL!!!!

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