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Report: Raiders player being investigated for taunting a police dog

Oakland Raiders linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong.
Oakland Raiders linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong. The Associated Press

It’s not like Chiefs fans needed another reason to dislike the Raiders, but here goes.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that an Oakland player under investigation for taunting police dog before a game last Sunday.

According to the Post-Gazette, Oakland’s Ray-Ray Armstrong lifted his shirt, beat his chest and barked at the German shepherd before telling a female K-9 deputy to release the dog. That is according to Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus of the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office.

Taunting a police dog is a third-degree felony in Pennsylvania.

“Legally, he could have been arrested on the spot,” Kraus told the Post-Gazette. “We believed that there was sufficient probable cause to make an arrest.”

The story also notes that Armstrong didn’t say anything to the dog’s handler, and that the incident took place between the locker room and field, as the Raiders were getting ready to take the field.

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