Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis says the team plans to handle defensive coordinator Jason Tarver’s hand gestures in-house.
Tarver was seen flipping his middle finger to NFL officials multiple times in the Raiders 21-18 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
“It was just an emotional outburst by a coach in the heat of the game,” Davis told ESPN.com. “We don’t condone those actions and we’ll handle it in-house.”
Tarver has also released a statement about the incident.
“I apologize for my action on the sideline of yesterday’s game,” Tarver said in the release. “It was in the heat of the moment, and I regret drawing attention away from the Raiders players and what they accomplished.”
Tarver was upset about a helmet-to-helmet flag that was thrown after Raiders cornerback Mike Jenkins made contact with Steelers running back LeVeon Bell on an incomplete pass in the third quarter.
The flag was picked up after officials talked it over.
In 2010, Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil was hit with a $40,000 fine for flipping off the refs when he disagreed with a penalty against his team.