Aqib Talib Snatched Michael Crabtree's Chain, And - As Crazy As It Seems - He Really Should Have Seen It Coming
I highly doubt there are official stats for situations like this, but I would assume that 99.9% of the time that a misdemeanor - that you're more likely to see on a street corner - goes down on a professional football field it's the aggressor that is to blame. Unfortunately for Michael Crabtree, I think this instance fits comfortably into the all-too-rare .1 percentile. I haven't worn a chain in about 5 years, but even I would feel compelled to reach up and tuck it if I were sitting in the stands of a stadium that Aqib Talib were playing in. That's why it's nothing short of inexcusable for a seasoned vet to be leaving shiny valuables in plain sight of a guy that loves nothing more than disrespecting his opponent. Michael Crabtree might as well have been wearing a candy necklace while babysitting a 3 year old, because that Jesus piece was bound to abruptly descend the second it crossed the eye of the most combative cornerback in all of football.
Shit, I would probably pocket any and all accessories if I were sharing a pew with Aqib Talib during a Sunday sermon, never mind lining up across from him and engaging him physically and verbally for the entirety of an afternoon. As far as I am concerned, the chain snatcher in question had to strike gold from the neck of a competitor that was essentially testing his street cred by flashing it in his face. I didn't exactly graduate from 'The School Of Hard Knocks', but knowing that you shouldn't try to stunt on a man that is so desensitized by borderline criminal activity that he didn't even remember shooting himself in the leg isn't a street smart that should require teaching. The last thing I would ever want to do is side with a guy whose actions are often indefensible, but Michael Crabtree's decision to rock his bling in front of Aqib Talib has to be considered the polar opposite of getting jewelry insurance. The fact that the "victim" didn't know that makes me fearful that he left his front door unlocked while out of town for the holidays.