Aqib Talib on Michael Crabtree scuffle: It's unfortunate

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On Monday, Talib was asked about the brouhaha, and he placed the blame directly on Crabtree's shoulders.

"I came out there to play football on Sunday and I don't really know what he came out there to do".

But they weren't done after the play was over.

The fight in the first quarter of the game was something from a back alley, where Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree threw literal punches at one another, with Crabtree hitting Talib's helmet and Talib glancing a blow off Crabtree's forehead.

That Talib apparently grabbed Crabtree's chain is notable because he did the same thing during Denver's 26-6 victory over Oakland in Week 17 last season.

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"I didn't defend Chris, [Crabtree] came and punched me, he was on his, whatever he was on", Talib said. I told our guys I don't want it, but once it happens, how does a guy not defend himself? Then it appeared as if Talib "snatched" Crabtree's chain off his neck-as he did in the season finale of 2016 between the two teams-before Crabtree pushed him to the sideline.

"No, I didn't even defend Chris", Talib said.

A weak Raiders receiving corps could have used Crabtree, whose career-long, 120-game catch streak ended. He came out here on his extra stuff - one thing led to another, man. "It's unfortunate. I wish it didn't happen, but it happened, just have to move on". "He punched Chris and the next play he came and punched me", Talib said. "That's what I'm disappointed about, the second half of it". It eventually turned into a full-on brawl with punches being thrown and others getting involved.

With the waters murky on who and how the fight started, Joseph said Talib will not face discipline from within the organization and said if the league takes their own disciplinary actions on the veteran cornerback, "That's their decision". "If there's any chance you can get out of it, you should, for the betterment of the football team".

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