Michael Crabtree still unhappy with Aqib Talib, NFL over suspension

AP

Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree is still unhappy about the situation that led to his fight with Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib and subsequent one-game suspension.

In an interview with Vic Tafur of the Athletic, Crabtree said he wanted his suspension to be completely annulled as he takes issue with the notion he instigated the fighting.

The league said it was premeditated on my part,” Crabtree said. “You know what premeditated is? When you say you’re going to do something, do it, and then laugh about it with the media after the game. Like he did last year. That’s all on him. I’m not trying to get revenge. I’m trying to get a catch in my 122nd straight game and help my team win a big game. I don’t want to get kicked out. I know what’s at stake for my team.”

Crabtree was reprimanded by the league for punching cornerback Chris Harris in the chest on the play before the scrap with Talib began. The league said in its notice of suspension to Crabtree that the punch to Harris was part of the reasoning for the two-game suspension. Crabtree claims he was only attempting to block Harris and it was no different than the way he goes about blocking in every game. Then when Talib ripped his necklace off and Crabtree blocked him into the bench area, he was merely defending himself against an onslaught of Denver players.

“I am just playing ball, man,” he said. “ESPN said that I taped the chain to myself before the game because I was worried about it. I didn’t. I don’t care about no chains. I am just playing ball. Not worried about nothing. I don’t like how the whole thing got flipped and I am the bad guy.

“He took my chain off and I blocked him to the whistle. Yeah, I blocked him to the ground, but I didn’t jump on him. They jumped on me. It was seven against one.”

Crabtree continued to say he felt the need to speak up for himself about the incident and that he doesn’t know why Talib has any issue with him.

Both Crabtree and Talib were initially suspended for two games before having the duration cut to one game on appeal.

35 responses to “Michael Crabtree still unhappy with Aqib Talib, NFL over suspension

  1. This is a case of NFL failure to act!!! I agree with Crabtree – this incident was not his fault and he stood his ground. Talib was the insatagator here and the league fail them both by not addressing Talib’s misconduct last year when he snatched Crabtree’s necklace.if the necklace is the issue the league should have develop a policy but to do nothing and now to suspend a player for defending himself is totally absurd!

  2. Crabtree shoulda handled this in the tunnel beneath the stadium, last year. As soon as game ended, go and let Talib know you need to speak with him. Now if Talib declined, which I doubt, you change your tactics. But Crabtree had no intention other than retaliation. Kinda soft, Neighborhood Rules violation.

  3. This is a case of NFL failurI agree with Crabtree – this incident was not his fault and he stood his ground. Talib was the insatagator here and the league fail them both by not addressing Talib’s misconduct last year when he snatched Crabtree’s necklace.if the necklace is the issue the league should have develop a policy but to do nothing and now to suspend a player for defending himself is totally absurd!

  4. He sucker punched Harris, and knocked him out of the game for almost a series. He deserves the suspension, and should stop crying. The All-22 video already revealed this happened, and Crabtree should have been ejected immediately. Talib is a punk, but Crabtree had no business taking shots at CHJ and he rightfully loses a chain and a game check for it.

  5. Excusing a sucker punch as a blocking technique is total BS. Crabtree wanted a fight with Talib for what happened last year and he got it. Talib is definitely a punk though and he should have been suspended by the broncos for much longer than 2 games. Elway and Joseph either don’t care or simply condone this type of behavior which is really disappointing to see as a fan.

  6. my question is how is one of the dirtiest players who played in Jon Runyan is the one in charge of giving out suspensions? Hypocrite much!

  7. I am just playing ball, man,” he said.(WRONG…FOOTBALL ISN’T ABOUT BREAKING RULES “ESPN said that I taped the chain to myself before the game because I was worried about it. I didn’t. I don’t care about no chains.( DON’T CARE THEN WHY WEAR THEM IN A GAME? REALLY I MEAN I NEVER WILL UNDERSTAND WEARING A NECKLACE IN A FOOTBALL GAME. I am just playing ball. NOT BY THE RULES OF PLAY HE WAS. Not worried about nothing. I DON’T CARE ABOUT RULES? IS THAT WHAT YOUR SAYINIG? I don’t like how the whole thing got flipped and I am the bad guy.

    “He took my chain off and I blocked him to the whistle. Yeah, I blocked him to the ground, OUT OF BOUNDS AGSINST RULES FOOL but I didn’t jump on him. They jumped on me. It was seven against one AH…. WHAT VIDEO ARE YOU WATCHING????

  8. Anyone calling that a “punch” on Harris is a total clown — including Jon Runyan and Harris himself. Look at the video if you haven’t seen it. It was a clean block.
    Crabtree clearly intended to put Talib on his back and did so after pushing him around for 20 yards, so that’s a penalty. But he is right that at least 4 Broncos had their hands on him before he could get up, including Talib ripping his helmet off. Then Talib chased Crabtree into the end zone and threw the first punch

  9. I watched the video of the so-called punch by Crabtree on Harris. It looked like a regular old block that only a guy on a 3-8 Bronco team could claim was a punch worthy of a full blown riot on the next play.

  10. I have eyes and a brain. And they tell me Crabtree showed up looking for a fight. Pretty obvious actually. Take your suspension and pipe down.

  11. This really wasn’t out of the blue.

    This should have been addressed last year. Not that Crabs is justified in any way for doing what he did this year but… Knowing what I know about pride in athletes (type A personalities) this is a predictable outcome. If you look at the sequence of events from last year where Talib said he was going to take the chain off… he then followed through.. Crabs did nothing… Talib bragged about it. Then Talib did the same this year. Said he would do it again… then did it again. As stupid as it is to get kicked out of the game you had to know Crabs wasn’t letting that happen again. He’s been hearing about it for a year. NFL should have sent letters warning both players to cease and desist.They did nothing we got to see a slap fight. No surpise

  12. I wonder if he sucker punched or got into a rift with his teammate marquette king since King and Talib were making fun of the chain pulling incident at the Pro Bowl last year.

  13. All these “sucker punch” idiots. You mean a slow motion replay showing his right arm moving in an upward trajectory while he was run blocking. Chris Harris is a flop artist prima donna.

  14. He had every right to attack Talib. Does Talib not think its wrong to rip off someones necklace twice? That’s ridiculous. I cant comment on CHJ because I did not see the play but Talib is a joke of a person for doing that. Hes had his share of off and on the field problems so we know hes a nut. You can ignore for so long if the league and officials arent going to do anything. I can see why Crabtree was pissed.

  15. Ian Rappaports report on NFL Network about this incident was BRILLIANT.

    In a deadpan fashion, he stated and I paraphrase slightly “My sources have told me today that the act of snatching someones chain is incredibly disrespectful, and is a just cause to fight someone.”

    Perfect.

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