Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts defeated the Raiders 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders coach apologizes for flipping off refs

Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver was caught on camera showing referees the middle finger, not once, but twice on Sunday. FOX Sports’s Mike Pereira and former NFL vice president of officiating was so outraged that he personally reached out to the league to make sure they were aware of Tarver’s behavior.

“If you want to call me a whistleblower, then call me a whistleblower because I let the league office know about it,” Pereira wrote on “This kind of behavior is totally unacceptable.”

Tarver is now apologizing for his actions.

“I apologize for my action on the sideline of yesterday’s game. It was in the heat of the moment,” Tarver said. I regret drawing attention away from the Raiders players and what they accomplished.”

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  • Silvia Arredondo

    It was hilarious I’m not going to lie. I don’t like that the organization got in trouble for it but sometimes honestly those refs deserve it sometimes they make some questionable calls that have cost the raiders some games in the past. Im going to stick to Tarvers side this time because i don’t think he would have done it if they truely didn’t deserve it. And don’t worry Tarver you didn’t take the spot light from our D we kicked ass!

  • TheSveed

    Wonder how many times Pereira sent letter to NFL when Cam Newton wasn’t ejected for running into ref. When Belicheck and his coaches are on filed of play …cont) all game. Bengals coming off the bench to fight not being ejected, etc, etc, etc.

    Point is, just like a ref (or former ref) to pick & choose what should get notice. Proof point of HUGE flaws in officiating not being addressed.

    IMHO Tarver did what every Raiders fan does every single time officiating is horrible. Real issue: why refs aren’t held accountable for it.

  • Glenn