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Bench clearing brawl in Broncos Raiders game

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The Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos game  today featured a bench clearing brawl. Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree apparently have some history and Crabtree sought out Talib for a personal fight. Coaches must have been negligent in telling Crabtree to keep his helmet on in a football fight.

Sunday’s fight started when Talib snatched Crabtree’s chain right off of his neck. That’s exactly where this beef began last season. In the Broncos’ 24-6 win over the Raiders in Week 17 last season, Talib went over to Crabtree on the sideline and yanked his chain, breaking it. Cameras then spotted Talib later laughing about it.

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Why would Talib rip off Crabtree’s chain in the first place?

Talib said he did it because Crabtree’s chain annoyed him more and more as the season went on.

“He just been wearing that chain all year, man, it’s just been growing on me,” he said after the Week 17 game. And then he decided he’d had enough. Ant the bench clearing brawl focused on Talib and Crabtree.

“I said if he wears that chain in front of me, I’m going to snatch it off,” Talib said. “He wore it in front of me, so I had to snatch it off. He started crying to the ref. He didn’t say nothing to me though.”

“I really don’t like No. 21, though. I think he’s fake … You aren’t tough,” Crabtree said. “You aren’t defending anybody up like that. You’re acting. You’re snatching chains up on the field. What do you accomplish? Are you hard? Are you tough? Does that make you tough? You’re snatching chains in front of the police and take off running. That was childish, man.”

Crabtree didn’t retaliate against Talib at the time. But he did speak to the refs about it.

“The refs are talking to me like I was playing dirty,” Crabtree said. “A guy snatches my chain. He’s hitting me after the play. But, if I react, they’ll kick me out of the game.

“It was too much. You see the dude and what he’s doing in front of me. What do you want me to do? I can’t react, or they kick me out of the game and I’m the bad guy. I made a business decision for my team.”

Crabtree said he wanted to hit Talib, but he controlled himself.

The bench clearing brawl cannot help NFL sagging ratings. The NFL is a physical violent sport. But the type of activity that Crabtree and Talib were involved in is just two thugs being thugs.

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