Aqib Talib, Official Have Profanity-Filled Exchange After Game
According to reporters for the Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times who witnessed the exchange, Talib started the altercation when he cursed an official over a second quarter pass interference call against Tampa Bay cornerback Myron Lewis. The call, which moved the ball 24 yards, helped set up a Baltimore touchdown, which gave the Ravens a 17-3 lead.
Reporters said Talib stalked after officials once off the field and said, "You made a p**** call."
One of the officials, according to a report in the Tampa Tribune, said, "You played like a p****."
That is when Talib reportedly threatened to punch the official and had to be restrained.
Talib was suspended by the NFL for the first game of the season when he actually did punch someone -- in that case, a cab driver.
He also previously swung a helmet at a teammate, which injured another teammate, and got into a fight at the NFL's rookie symposium. Talib has been ordered into anger management on a previous occasion.
Talib wasn't the only one who disagreed with the call on Lewis. Coach Raheem Morris raced across the field at the half and complained to an official about the call by field judge Boris Cheek.
"I'd call it asking for an explanation," Morris said. "I disagreed with it at the time, but it is what it is. My opinion doesn't matter in that case. The call was made; you've got to move on and get ready to play. That's what we did."
Morris said after the game he did not know Talib had gotten into it with an official.
"I don't think this is called an altercation," Morris said. "It's called people communicating after the game. That's all they are. I don't know what language you're talking about. ... If an official uses improper language, then that's an official's deal."
The officials were asked by a reporter to explain the altercation, but they refused to talk about issues off the field.
"We only make comments to the pool reporter when it's about a call that was made on the field," said official Neely Dunn. "So we have no comment about whatever you're talking about. That's the only thing I'll say right now."
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said he had no knowledge of the incident, but said, "We will look into it."
-- Ray Glier contributed to this report.