Tambi Hali: Oakland Raiders Play Dirty

Well, this Sunday’s match-up between the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders just got a lot more interesting.

Outside Linebacker Tambi Hali is making it clear how he feels about the silver and black.

Per the Kansas City Star: Tamba Hali was quoted as saying, “It’s a tradition. The Raiders, they come in, they cheapshot, they hit you. I’m not saying (any) names. It is what it is. We’ve got to be ready to play and keep our composure, stayed poised and be able to get this win.”

The core guys that have been here, they understand what we’ve got going on Sunday,” he said. “(The Raiders) are coming in and they’re a good team and a fast team and they play dirty. We’ve got to come out swinging.”

Hali also added, “We’ve got to be ready for that. You can let these guys come in and if they do it and you let them do it, they’re going to enjoy themselves doing it and they’ll run over you. So you have to be prepared for that and stay with the game plan.”

Raiders Richard Seymour was quick to respond saying, “Any time you play the game, you should play with a chip on your shoulder. You should play with an attitude.”

But in terms of being dirty, going out to hurt guys, I don’t think I play that way or any of my teammates (play that way). I don’t stand for it. But we do play tough and physical. I do believe that’s the way the game is supposed to be played. I respect guys that play the same way.”

I had little to no interest in this game prior to these comments, now I will be keeping an eye on the Cheifs and Raiders this Sunday.

We’ll see if there are any on-field consequences for Hali.