Michael Crabtree denied a report that he taped his chain to his chest in an effort to block Aqib Talib from ripping it off his neck, just as Talib had done last season. ESPN reported Crabtree's chain-keeping plan on Tuesday, but in an interview with The Athletic on Wednesday, Crabtree said he didn't know where that information came from. "I am just playing ball, man," Crabtree told The Athletic. "ESPN said that I taped the chain to myself before the game because I was worried about it. I didn't. I don't care about no chains. I am just playing ball. Not worried about nothing. I don't like how the whole thing got flipped and I am the bad guy." Of course, Crabtree is referring to the Sunday afternoon brawl between the Broncos and Raiders, which Talib has blamed on Crabtree for punching himself and Chris Harris. Crabtree and Talib were each suspended two games for their roles in the brawl, but the suspensions were reduced to a game apiece. Crabtree was not happy with the league's rationale for putting him on the sideline.
Michael Crabtree denies taping chain to his chest, says he's not the 'bad guy'
CBS Sports | Nov 29