Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. stuck up for his teammates Aqib Talib Sunday after Talib and Raiders wideout Michael Crabtree were both ejected for throwing punches at each other.
But Harris now claims that Crabtree also threw a punch at him - a sucker-punch.
Per the Denver Post, Sunday’s fight came one play after was visited by trainers on the field. As he left the field, Harris appeared to point toward the Oakland sideline, motioning as if he had been hit by a Raiders player.
“He sucker-punched me,” Harris said of Crabtree. “I’ve never seen that in the NFL.”
“I guess his initiative was to come out there and fight today,” Harris said. “I guess it wasn’t (to) play football.”
Bitter history between Crabtree and Broncos cornerbackboiled over and turned into a massive brawl on the field — and the sidelines — at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
Broncos coachcondemned the actions of the players involved.
“Both teams lost their best players,”said. “It’s nonsense. It’s silly.”
Joseph called the “personal battle” between Talib and Crabtree “unacceptable.”
“It’s about the,” he said. “It hurt us.”