Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Raiders’ WR Michael Crabtree taped his chain to himself before Sunday’s game, knowing he was facing the chain-snatching Broncos CB Aqib Talib. And Talib still got it.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 27, 2017
First of all, excellent insider reporting by Schefter. It’s probably the best news a sterling journalist such as himself will break all year. Secondly, this is not what NFL organizations mean by using tape to outwit opponents. Unfortunately, for Crabtree, this revelation has made him an even larger target of ridicule than he’d already become.
Crabtree: "I'm going to tape the chain down this time"
Crabtree's jeweler: pic.twitter.com/hcoal7KrUW
— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) November 28, 2017
If like most people, you thought people taping valuables to themselves was something that happened only in movies about 1980s white-collar criminals trying to smuggle money out of the country, you’d be wrong.
If Michael Crabtree tapes chains to himself to avoid getting chain-snatched, I have an idea where his bank is pic.twitter.com/YYT9Ui2dwz
— DJ Dunson (@CerebralSportex) November 28, 2017
Next time he should just use Stickum or don’t wear the chain at all. However, that would have been a tacit acknowledgement that Talib bullied him into switching up his style. Prior to Crabtree’s first chain popping, Talib says he warned Crabtree what would happen.
“I said if he wears that chain in front of me, I’m going to snatch it off.
If nothing else, Talib is a man of his word. Crabtree’s chains need better safeguarding and he doesn’t appear willing to back down. The Raiders won the game, but it sure seems Talib is winning the mental war in Crabtree’s head.
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