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Raiders’ defensive coordinator gives the officials the finger

Dennis Allen, Jason Tarver

Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, left, and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, right, watch from the sideline during the fourth quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver gave the officials the one-finger salute during today’s game against the Steelers, and he’ll pay for it.

Tarver was seen flipping the bird at the officials after Raiders cornerback Mike Jenkins picked up a personal foul for a hit to the head of a defenseless receiver, a penalty that Tarver obviously didn’t think should have been called.

Based on precedent, Tarver is probably looking at a fine of about $40,000. That’s the amount the NFL fined then-Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil for giving the officials the finger during a 2010 game.

The next week, Cecil taped his middle finger and forefinger together to make sure he couldn’t commit the same offense. Tarver may need to try the same thing.