Jason Tarver, defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders, gave a statement on Monday apologizing for his actions on Sunday for displaying an obscene gesture towards an official. The statement read as follows:
“I apologize for my action on the sideline of yesterday’s game. It was in the heat of the moment and I regret drawing attention away from the Raiders players and what they accomplished.’’
The incident, which was caught on camera, was all over the media instantly. Tarver was reacting to a call against defensive back Mike Jenkins, who received a penalty flag for a hit on a defenseless receiver, running back Le’Veon Bell. However, the flag was picked up by officials, who ruled there was no foul on the play, but it was too little too late for Tarver who “flipped the bird” not once but twice. He even had some vulgarities to spout as well and you can easily read his lips in the video.
Going forward Tarver should definitely be expecting a fine, especially since former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira took it upon himself to let the league know himself. We would have expected the league to find out anyway, but Pereira was not too pleased with Tarver’s actions and even wrote about it.