NFL officials unhappy that Gabe Jackson wasn’t suspended

By Michael Dixon

In the same brawl that saw Oakland Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib suspended for two games (later reduced to one), Oakland guard Gabe Jackson was also ejected for contact with an official. Only, unlike Crabtree and Talib, Jackson was not suspended.

The NFL Referee’s Association has reportedly made it known that its bothered by that.

At first, it does seem out of order. The NFL wanted to make a point with Talib and Crabtree, but not around the guy who actually laid hands on an official.

But in reality, Jackson’s lack of suspension is protocol. As┬áMichael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review Journal noted, the standard punishment for a first offender is a fine of just above $30,000.

The fight was ugly. Certainly, Jackson deserves punishment for his role. But if it’s the normal procedure, Jackson’s previous reputation is certainly good enough to justify not suspending him.