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Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib, official have war of words

Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib argues with field judge Boris Cheek, right, as line judge Darryll Lewis tries to keep him back after a pass-interference call on rookie cornerback Myron Lewis with 37 seconds left in the second quarter. Talib confronted an unidentified official after the game as well.

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Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib argues with field judge Boris Cheek, right, as line judge Darryll Lewis tries to keep him back after a pass-interference call on rookie cornerback Myron Lewis with 37 seconds left in the second quarter. Talib confronted an unidentified official after the game as well.

BALTIMORE — Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib had a verbal confrontation with an NFL official on his way to the locker room after Sunday's loss.

Talib expressed his displeasure to the official over a pass-interference penalty in the second quarter called by field judge Boris Cheek against Bucs cornerback Myron Lewis on T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

The 24-yard penalty set up a 10-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Derrick Mason on the next play that gave Baltimore a 17-3 halftime lead.

Talib used an expletive to describe the call, to which the unidentified member of referee Carl Cheffers' crew responded by saying, "You play like a (expletive)."

Talib, who was restrained by teammates, responded by telling the official, "I'll (hit) you in your (expletive) mouth."

Talib would not talk to reporters after the game.

Talib wasn't the only one who wasn't pleased with Cheek's call. As halftime ended, Bucs coach Raheem Morris sprinted across the field to seek an explanation from Cheek. He was told that Lewis used an arm bar to gain an advantage on Houshmandzadeh.

"I'd call it asking for an explanation," Morris said of his discussion at halftime. "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 was unaware of the verbal altercation between Talib and the 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."

Cheffers declined comment on the incident to a pool reporter.

"We only make comments to the pool reporter when it's about a call that was made on the field," Cheffers said, "so we have no comment about whatever you're talking about. That's the only thing I'll say right now. We have no comment about it.

"If you want to ask us about something that happened out on the field, we will entertain that. But we're not going to entertain what you're talking about."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib, official have war of words 11/28/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 29, 2010 4:38am]
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