The Oakland Raiders had been riding the crest of a wave over the last couple of weeks, thanks to their incredible recent upturn in form.
That has all come back down to Earth, however, following their close 38-35 defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers at the weekend.
It wasn't just the result that will disappoint the Raiders, though, with linebacker Ray Ray Armstrong reportedly being investigated by police for taunting a police dog.
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According to Marcie Cipriani of WTAE, Armstrong was acting aggressively towards the dog in the tunnel before the game.
The 24-year old allegedly "lifted his shirt, pounded on his chest and began barking at the dog as he was heading toward the field for the game," according to the report.
In Pennsylvania, taunting a police dog is considered a third-degree felony, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine. Armstrong hasn't had any charges filed against him, at the time of writing.
Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio spoke about the investigations recently, calling it silly.
“I’ve caught wind of this story. I’m going to put it in the ‘silly’ category,” Del Rio said. “I think once the facts come to light I don’t think there’s going to be much of an issue. I wouldn’t make too much of it.”
Armstrong is currently in his third year in the National Football League after playing his college football at Miami (FL). He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2013 by the Rams, before joining the Raiders in 2014.
He's started two games and is listed as Aldon Smith's backup on the team depth chart, racking up 19 tackles and one sack so far this season.
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