According to a report from one prominent NFL insider, Crabtree had prepared for the possibility of a repeat attack in Week 12.
This is easily, easily, easily my favorite dumb NFL storyline of 2017. Let's dig in.
The logical choice would be the latter, naturally. But it's important to understand that this situation exists not in reality, but instead in the cone of a F5 tornado of male ego run amok. As such, it is essential to view both combatants through that prism. Had Crabtree not worn the necklace, Talib would have won an important battle before either men stepped foot on the field Sunday. In effect, Talib would have claimed some of Crabtree's agency. This would have undoubtedly come up almost immediately once both men were close proximity.
Crabtree's decision to wear the necklace was his "These colors don't run!" moment. His attempt to better secure the necklace was logical in practice, but his inability to keep this secret plan out of the national media has now become his undoing.
Why? Because now Crabtree knows that Talib knows that the chain situation has been in his head this whole time. The man stood in front of a mirror and attempted to tape jewelry to his bare chest! Even worse, Crabtree is in too deep. There's no turning back now.