San Diego Chargers linebacker Takeo Spikes has played 15 seasons, worn the uniforms of five different NFL teams, and made two Pro Bowls. One thing he'd never done before was to get kicked out of an NFL game, and that streak stopped when referee John Parry, the head official in the Chargers' 24-21 win over the Oakland Raiders, booted Spikes and Raiders running back Mike Goodson over a seemingly small-time fracas.
Goodson blocked Spikes on a play and the two players remained engaged after the play was over, grappling a bit and grabbing each other's facemasks.
No punches were thrown, and that's the usual reason for an ejection, but Parry sent both players to their locker rooms, regardless, with 12:57 left in the first half. There didn't seem to be any contact with an official, either, so we're at a loss as to why both players were kicked out of the game.
After his ejection, Spikes went right after Parry -- he had to be held back by teammates and officials. He then threw his helmet (which was caught by teammate Melvin Ingram), gave Parry some more what-for as he walked off the field, and gestured to the home crowd at Qualcomm Stadium, asking the fans to make more noise for the defense.
Later, Spikes had a few more things to say to Parry via his Twitter account:
The 36-year-old Spikes has a three-year, $9 million contract that runs through next season and pays his a base salary of $3 million in 2013. But with head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith most likely gone, it's tough to know whether Spikes has played his last NFL game. He was voted the Chargers' most inspirational player for the second straight season, and the Chargers did pull off a rare win ... so, there you have it.