Sapp ejected against Jags after three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties

Updated: December 23, 2007, 7:01 PM ET
Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp was ejected from Sunday's game against the Jaguars after receiving three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

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Sapp, who was not in the locker room after the 49-11 loss, received all three of the penalties in a strange series of events that started when Jacksonville right tackle Tony Pashos was flagged for illegal use of hands to the face.

Officials said the Raiders declined the penalty, and the Jaguars lined up for a 43-yard field goal attempt with 21 seconds to play in the first half. Officials then said Oakland would accept the penalty, making it third-and-20 from the Raiders 35-yard line.

"Warren was upset because they tried to make the call before we made our decision," linebacker Thomas Howard said. "That's why Warren was upset. So then a flag was thrown and then it was just wild commotion after that. They threw another flag and then another. Everybody's arguing and asking why these flags got thrown."

Jacksonville's offense went back on the field, but a few seconds later, the officials called the first unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Sapp. That gave the Jaguars an automatic first down, and Sapp started jawing at officials.

Sapp and defensive end Derrick Burgess were both flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct penalties during the arguments. Sapp kept talking and then drew the third one and the ejection; players and coach Lane Kiffin said they were told Sapp made contact with an official.

"It was just too much going on and they felt the need to throw a flag and they just kept throwing them," cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said. "It just got out of hand. The ref said he pushed him or he shoved him or something, which no one saw. And Sapp even said he didn't do it."

Teammates had to restrain Sapp, and an assistant coach escorted him off the field.

The penalties gave the Jaguars a first-and-goal at the 2, but David Garrard's pass at the goal line was intercepted by Kirk Morrison and returned 36 yards.

"I'm not quite sure what it was all about, but I know I've never seen anything like that before," Jaguars center Brad Meester said. "That was a first for me."


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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