Twitter Reacts as Aqib Talib Appears to Gouge Dwayne Allen's Eye

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2015

Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib (21) takes off his helmet during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Michael Conroy/Associated Press

In a move that will undoubtedly draw the ire of the NFL office, Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib seemed to gouge the eye of Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen during Sunday's 27-24 loss.

Talib drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for the offense, which happened after the whistle when Allen was engaged with Broncos linebacker Von Miller. The Pro Bowler came over unprovoked and appeared to poke Allen in the eye through his facemask, helping Indianapolis drain precious time off the clock as Denver looked to get a stop.

Talib's action can be seen at the 2:34 mark of the following video:

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole caught up with a vocal Talib after the game:

Jason Cole @JasonCole62

#Broncos CB Aqib Talib said #Colts TE Dwayne Allen "acted like he was in a 17-, 18-car wreck" on penalty at end of game.

He also denied trying to poke Allen in the eye, per Tom Pelissero of USA Today:

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

Aqib Talib says he wasn't trying to poke Dwayne Allen in the eye. Tried to push his head. Said I probably had a better angle than him.

ESPN host Trey Wingo's sentiment was echoed throughout the Twittersphere:

trey wingo @wingoz

A stupid and ridiculous move by Aqib Talib

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning finished Sunday three yards shy of eclipsing Brett Favre for the most passing yards in NFL history. Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus offered a window into Manning's likely thought process:

Sam Monson @PFF_Sam

"Thanks, Talib" https://t.co/y8m4qfzAzO

ESPN's Robert Flores contextualized it from a WWE perspective:

Robert Flores @RoFlo

Talib with the @RicFlairNatrBoy poke to the eyes?? #Broncos

Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star offered a similar take while adding another classic TV program to the mix:

Gregg Doyel @GreggDoyelStar

Aqib Talib with a move out of pro wrestling. Or the Three Stooges. Nyack nyack nyack right in Dwayne Allen's eye.

As for punishment, ESPN's Skip Bayless already had one in mind:

Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

Talib should be suspended a game for that intentional eye gouge.

No matter which way you look at it, Talib's apparent actions were bush-league, and based on the footage, he seems to deserve whatever punishment the NFL hands down. Regardless of how heated the battle is between two teams, there's no excuse for unnecessarily risking a player's safety in a way that falls outside the realm of football rules.

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