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.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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