The Raiders have a long history of distrust and paranoia when it comes to the fine officials of the National Football League. Sometimes that frustration turns to outright anger, and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver found that out on Sunday when the Raiders were hosting the Steelers at the Coliseum.
Tarver’s anger came from a play involving the Steelers Le’Veon Bell and Oakland’s Mike Jenkins. The two players collided and the pass fell incomplete. The officials called Jenkins for a personal foul for a hit on a defenseless receiver even though the corner clearly let up to avoid crushing Bell with a helmet to helmet shot, and Tarver lost his cool from what was a terrible call from the officials.
Tarver was seen giving the finger and dropping multiple “F” (If I say the real word I might get fired) bombs on national television. The call was overturned and a minor note was made about it, until Fox’s NFL Rules expert Mike Pereira decided to revert to grade school tactics and tattled on Tarver because he hurt his feelings.
Pereira even wrote a pious special column on Sunday afternoon about it. Here is the excerpt:
Seriously, though, a play took place in the Pittsburgh-Oakland game that was absolutely unacceptable and unprofessional. It actually happened on the sideline and it wasn’t by a player, but rather by a coach. And I was so angry, I called the league office about it.
Here was the situation: Pittsburgh had the ball, first-and-10 at the Oakland 26-yard-line with 8:54 left in the third quarter. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger attempted a pass to Le’Veon Bell and it was defended by Mike Jenkins. The two players collided and the pass fell incomplete. The officials initially called Jenkins for a personal foul for a hit on a defenseless receiver.
It generated a response from the Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, who twice dropped F-bombs on the officials and both times flipped them the bird. It showed up on national television and the NFL doesn’t take kindly to gestures like this. So we’ll see what transpires when the league reviews it.
The interesting part, despite Tarver’s tirade towards the officials … and his unprofessionalism, the officials did the right thing and picked up a flag and it wasn’t a foul against the Raiders.
But, I still felt that the league needed to know about it and that’s why I called. If you want to call me a whistleblower, then call me a whistleblower because I let the league office know about it.
This kind of behavior is totally unacceptable.
I probably should check the mail for my thank you note this week from the charity Tarver’s fine ends up supporting.
Mike, while Jason Tarver is 100% in the wrong for giving officials the middle finger on national television, I have to wonder what is more unprofessional. Giving the middle finger in the heat of battle, or getting on your high horse and letting the entire world know you decided to rat on a current NFL coach to make a situation about you? Judging by the angry tweets from Raider fans that have been coming your way I am assuming that you will be getting mail that isn’t exactly of the “thank you” variety in the coming days.
Expect a fine for Tarver and a public comment from both the league and Tarver himself sooner rather than later.