Once again, I am at a loss for what the league considers to be unsportsmanlike. You might think there’s nothing less sporting than intentionally ripping off the necklace of an opposing player and running away, but apparently the league just doesn’t see it that way.
That’s what Aqib Talib did to Michael Crabtree when he faced him last week. Here is video of it for those who didn’t see it or would like a refresher:
He did it right in the open, with officials watching and not only was he not flagged for it, but now come to find out the “notorious chain-snatcher” won’t be fined for it either.
This flies in the face of all the new rules the league has handed down that penalize and fine players for doing what seems to be far less than what Talib did to Crabtree.
After the game, Talib brazenly admitted it was not only intentional, but premeditated, saying he told Crabtree in their first meeting “If you wear that chain in front of me, I’m going to snatch it off. He wore it in front of me, so I had to snatch it off.”
"he ain't say nothin to me, tho" pic.twitter.com/CgyKzKdcCp— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) January 2, 2017
Where I come from that’s textbook unsportsmanlike conduct. And as a general rule, if someone could take you to court for destruction of property, that seems like something that deserves a fine.
Oh, but there was a fine handed out. It was to Bruce Irvin who was fined $18,321 for his roughing penalty.