May 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis (left) talks to general manager Reggie McKenzie (right) during rookie minicamp at the Raiders team headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders to handle 'flipping off' incident in-house


Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver had a rough go of it during and after the game yesterday.

As was reported earlier, Tarver repeatedly flipped off referees during the Raiders 21-18 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, and has already apologized.

“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.”

According to a report from’s Paul Gutierrez, Oakland owner Mark Davis will handle any punishment within the organization.

“It was just an emotional outburst by a coach in the heat of the game,” Davis said. “We don’t condone those actions and we’ll handle it in-house.”

Many of us can feel coach Tarver’s pain as we make that same gesture from our couches in the “heat of the moment” as we watch our favorite team, but then again, we aren’t coaches or on the sideline.

A recent penalty imposed on a coach for making the same gesture was a $40,000 fine for Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil.

According to the report, the NFL won’t punish Tarver, and anything imposed will be directly from the Raiders organization.

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