Raiders assistant Tarver apologetic for obscene gesture
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."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.