Raiders defensive coordinator flips refs the double-bird after questionable call
In the Oakland Raiders-Pittsburgh Steelers game, won 21-18 by the Raiders, it’s fair to say that John Parry’s officiating crew struggled a bit. Parry spent enough time under the review hood to finish Shogun in its unedited entirely, and in the third quarter, Oakland defensive coordinator Jason Tarver went a bit unhinged after cornerback Mike Jenkins was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness — a sketchy call, to say the least. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw to running back Le’Veon Bell, but the ball was tipped, and Jenkins’ contact appeared to be incidental at best.
Parry eventually picked up the flag, but not before Tarver explained his feelings on the matter. (Please be warned that video below contains an offensive gesture.)
Yes, it was the rarely-seen double flip-off, last exhibited by former Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams, who flipped off all in attendance during a game in November 2009. Adams sadly passed away last week, but Tarver probably won’t get far if he tries to pass this off as some sort of tribute. Adams was fined $250,000 for his gesture, and the league will undoubtedly want to discuss this with Mr. Tarver.