Aqib Talib

Aqib Talib, Michael Crabtree make amends at go-kart raceway meeting

Aqib Talib, Michael Crabtree make amends at go-kart raceway meeting

To say there was tension between former Raiders (and 49ers) wide receiver Michael Crabtree and defensive back Aqib Talib is a bit of an understatement.

But all appears to be fine between the two, thanks to a go-kart outing.

That's right. Crabtree and Talib, according to TMZ Sports, were spotted coming face-to-face with one another, families in tow, at Kartland in Frisco, Texas.

According to the report, there were apparent "tense moments" when the two spotted one another. But a witness said they "took it outside" to resolve any issues. They talked it out for several minutes and appeared to have calmed the situation for the time being.

Why the beef? Well ... 

It dates back to when Talib ripped a gold chain off Crabtree's neck during a game a couple of years back ... then did it again the following season.

Yikes.

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For now, it seems everything is OK, but I'm glad to see that for their families' sake, they didn't want any drama.  

John Lynch: 49ers had deal in place for Aqib Talib

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John Lynch: 49ers had deal in place for Aqib Talib

Before the 49ers signed veteran cornerback Richard Sherman to a three-year contract on Saturday, the club thought it had a deal in place for Aqib Talib.

In fact, 49ers general manager John Lynch told Peter King of the MMQB that the 49ers did have a deal in place for a trade with the Denver Broncos. But Talib wanted to play for New England or the Los Angeles Rams, mentioning Bill Belichick and Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, Lynch said.

“We did have a trade in place with Denver for a veteran cornerback,” Lynch said told King. “Aqib Talib. I think he didn’t like the idea of being traded—he wanted to be released. I think he felt, ‘If I’m going anywhere, I want to play for Bill Belichick or Wade Phillips.’ I talked to the Broncos at the scouting combine in Indy about it, and I thought we had a deal.

"Richard wasn’t available then. But we might have had to fight to make the trade for Aqib, so we just dropped it.”

The Rams ended up acquiring Talib in a trade with the Broncos, which left the 49ers with an opening to sign Sherman.

NFL: Two-game suspensions for Crabtree, Talib designed to 'get their attention'

NFL: Two-game suspensions for Crabtree, Talib designed to 'get their attention'

The NFL levied a large penalty on Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree and Broncos defensive back Aquib Talib.

The league suspended both players two games without pay for their part in a massive brawl during Sunday’s game at Oakland Coliseum.

The punishment was harsh by design. The NFL wanted to open some eyes.

“I think a two-game suspension is designed to both discipline appropriately a player, and also get their attention,” NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Tuesday morning in a conference call. “I expect this has gotten their attention.”

Crabtree and Talib have appealed their suspensions. Those appeals will be heard later Tuesday with a same-day ruling, ESPN reported, to give player and their respective team some clarity on the issue heading into next week’s game. The Raiders host the New York Giants at Oakland Coliseum Sunday afternoon.

The league rarely levies two-game suspensions for on-field actions. This one is essentially three, given Crabtree played just five snaps before getting kicked out.

This brawl was unique in it’s length and aggressiveness.

“First, this thing appeared to be premeditated,” Lockhart said. “It appeared three minutes into the game. There’s a history there. It was prolonged, as you watched it play out from one side of the field to the other. Importantly, it put other people at risk, including sideline personnel and league personnel. I think the letter from (NFL VP of football operations) Jon Runyan put out explains why this wasn’t just a fine or a one-game suspension, given how prolonged it was and the various offense committed by both players.”

Here’s an exerpt of the letter sent to Crabtree, as released Monday night by the NFL.

"The series of flagrant violations for which you are being disciplined began with 12:31 remaining in the first quarter – less than three minutes into the game. First, you punched a Broncos opponent Chris Harris in the midsection, resulting in him being removed from the game. Then, on the subsequent play, you blocked a different Broncos opponent (Aqib Talib) into the sidelines beyond the yellow media border, well after the play was over. Your actions triggered a melee and endangered various sideline and League personnel, including one of our Game Officials who was injured trying to maintain control of the situation. Finally, during the ensuing altercation, you grabbed and twisted that same opponent's facemask and threw a punch at him…Such actions have no place in this game, engender ill will between teams, and lead to further confrontations."