Watch: Michael Crabtree, Aqib Talib Get In Fight In Broncos Vs. Raiders, Twitter Reacts
Raiders vs. Broncos fight video
Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib exchanged fists just three minutes into the Raiders’ 21-14 victory in Oakland, and were subsequently ejected. Also dismissed was Raiders offensive guard Gabe Jackson, who reportedly made contact with an official. An all-out-brawl ensued, and Crabtree’s helmet even came flying off.
Broncos and Raiders fight inspired by Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree pic.twitter.com/I0rcqi5pIm
— Nick Bromberg (@NickBromberg) November 26, 2017
Marshawn Lynch guided Talib through Oakland’s sideline and away from the field, per NFL Network’s James Palmer.
Following the contest, Chris Harris Jr. claimed Crabtree sucker-punched him during the play prior to the fight.
According to ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert, Sunday’s three ejections bring the season total to 13, which ties the record for most ejections in an NFL season since 2001.
Denver7’s Troy Renck noted the history between Talib and Crabtree:
This goes back to the chain game… Talib took chain. Crabtree blocked and tackled Talib out of bounds today, and the brawl was on.. spilling into the sidelines and back onto the field. #Denver7
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) November 26, 2017
Renck was referring to the Broncos’ 24-6 victory in Week 17 last year, during which Talib ripped a gold chain off Crabtree’s neck, which led the nine-year wideout to strike back.
“It was too much,” Crabtree told reporters then. “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.”
Oakland (5-6) and Denver faced off earlier this season, in Week 4. The Broncos (3-8) won 16-10, but Crabtree missed the game due to injury.
NFL pundits and fans alike all seemed to agree that it was no surprise these two teams were intensely sparring again. Some even mocked the squads for having mediocre quarterbacks or for their poor fighting skills.
Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib both ejected for fighting in old-fashioned, Raiders-Broncos style.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 26, 2017
Here’s 7 Broncos going after Michael Crabtree on the sideline. Crab did start it, but man …pic.twitter.com/LhDbOcHII5
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) November 26, 2017
So you just lost Michael Crabtree for the rest of the game due to an ejection for fighting … pic.twitter.com/pQHpybYylt
— Yahoo Fantasy Sports (@YahooFantasy) November 26, 2017
The NFL will review the case to see if any players receive suspensions, although according to some sources, no bans are expected.
OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 26: Michael Crabtree #15 of the Oakland Raiders fights with Aqib Talib #21 of the Denver Broncos in their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 26, 2017 in Oakland, California. Both players were ejected from the game. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)