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ALAMEDA – Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano isn’t a social media guy. He doesn’t have a Twitter account and he most certainly isn’t on Instagram to have seen Sio Moore’s parting shot at 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The excitable second-year linebacker posted a photo of him and Kaepernick jawing at each other in the second quarter of Sunday’s 24-13 victory over the 49ers. He added a caption that read, “There’s a difference between boys and Men… Freakin chump.”
The post has gone viral, picked up by several national sports websites. It was a point of discussion during Sparano’s Monday afternoon press conference.
“I really wasn’t familiar with the whole thing, but I guess it’s gotten out there and has drawn some attention,” Sparano said. “I just know that Sio is a young player who plays with a lot of passion. That part of it I like.
“I need to sit down with Sio and find out exactly what happened, but I know there was a lot of jawing out there. I wasn’t just one sided.”
Moore has gone above and beyond standard celebrations, most notably with a sack dance that went on too long and almost cost the Raiders in a win over Kansas City.
Sparano believes it can be a teaching moment for a young, energetic player with a high ceiling.
“There are a lot of teaching moments and they are some things that we’ll talk about,” Sparano said. “…These are grown men and, in a game like that, things can get pretty emotional. I was down on the field. It takes two to tango.”