During the Raiders week 8 hoime game against the Steelers last Sunday, Raiders defensive coordinator, Jason Tarver, was caught on camera flipping the bird at the officials twice and his lips could be read yelling "F--k you" a few times as well. Video of his actions was seen on live TV and were much talked about.
The incident happened when Mike Jenkins was flagged for a helmet to helmet hit on a defenseless receiver. While the officials conferred on whether it was indeed a penalty, Tarver was going off. It was not one of his finer moments and it was made all the more so when the referees ruled there was indeed no foul on the play and picked up the flag.
Today he issued an apology via Raiders press release.
"I apologize for my action on the sideline of yesterday's game," said Tarver. "It was in the heat of the moment, and I regret drawing attention away from the Raiders players and what they accomplished."
While Tarver's passion is admirable, reining in the obscenities would be smart. He could have had a flag thrown on himself which would have yielded the same result as if Jenkins had been penalized for a personal foul. Tarver is expected to receive a fine although it will come from the Raiders, not the NFL.