Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib blames Michael Crabtree for starting the fight that got both ejected, denying he was defending teammate Chris Harris when he ripped the Raiders wide receiver’s chain off his neck.

“If you see the play, I didn’t defend Chris,” Talib said, via Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post. “He punched Chris, and the next play he came and punched me. He was on his whatever he was on. I wasn’t even defending Chris this time you know what I”m saying. That wasn’t even a problem.”

Harris accused Crabtree of punching him in the stomach the play before Talib and Crabtree renewed their rivalry with fisticuffs. Talib and Crabtree both grew up in Dallas, and the two fought in their last meeting on Jan. 1.

On Sunday, Crabtree was blocking Talib when Talib ripped off Crabtree’s chain. Crabtree then pushed Talib into the ground on the sideline, setting off the melee.