Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver has apologized for flipping off officials twice during a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He's expected to be punished by the Raiders and not the NFL, which fined Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil $40,000 for extending his middle finger to officials in 2010.
"It was just an emotional outburst by a coach in the heat of the game," Raiders owner Mark Davis told ESPN.com. "We don't condone those actions and we'll handle it in-house."
Tarver issued the following statement: "I apologize for my action on the sideline. It was in the heat of the moment, and I regret drawing attention away from the Raiders players and what they accomplished."
Added Raiders coach Dennis Allen: "I don't know if it's one of those things you just say, 'Let's forget about it.' Listen, he's made his statement about what's happened. I think the only thing I'll say is I think he's done an outstanding job with this defense. I think he's a fiery and emotional guy and I think our players have really taken to that, and I think they've embraced that type of attitude and he has the defense playing at a high level right now."
Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider
Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.
APR 23 Joel Corry
The 49ers have a multitude of options for how to handle the star pass rusher’s contract situation.
APR 22 Jerry Angelo
A former general manager shares the tricks of the trade when it comes to the NFL’s annual selection show.
APR 21 National Football Post
The "Intro to Scouting" graduates' takes on the talented RB prospect.