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Report: Cable fined $120K by Al Davis

Posted on: January 16, 2011 11:40 am
Edited on: January 16, 2011 11:46 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Remember how weird it was when Tom Cable got fired by the Raiders? After all, 8-8 by the Bay and a sweep of the AFC West seemed like a pretty solid outing and worth Al Davis retaining his coach.

Well, things might have been weirder than anyone could imagine -- Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Sunday that Davis was systematically fining Cable throughout the season, and withholding $20,000 from Cable's paychecks, until the coach was docked a total of $120,000.

Cable, in turn, reportedly filed a grievance with the NFL (in season!) for the fines, which means that this dispute now goes in front of a Roger Goodell-appointed arbitrator.

It also means that as the Raiders are looking to hire a new head coach (and Hue Jackson all but appears to be the guy who'll get locked in), they'll be dealing with the off-field drama of a gigantic rift between Al Davis and the previous coach.

If this sounds familiar at all, well, it should -- Lane Kiffin, who Cable replaced, didn't exactly leave Oakland on friendly terms. And perhaps Kiffin's behavior post-Oaktown lent itself to the surprisingly reasonable logic that Al Davis might have been in the right during their feud; with grievances filed by the last two head coaches of the Raiders, though, there's only one common denominator -- the owner.

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Report: Cable fined $120K by Al Davis

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Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2011 10:35 am
 

Report: Cable fined $120K by Al Davis

my personal oppinion is the league should have al davis involuntarilly committed and take over the day to day running of the team davis is obviously suffering from some form of dementia



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2011 10:34 am
 

Report: Cable fined $120K by Al Davis

This is me not being surprised. Are the Raiders broke? Does Davis hate paying coaches? What the **** is going on there in Oakland and why does it always happen? And do we even know what Cable was being fined for? Does he know? Does Al know? The Raiders took a couple big steps forward this season and then immediately took about twenty steps back. They fired a good coach and are about to watch their best player sign elsewhere because, stunningly, his deal was voided due to some loony clause. What an absolute circus of a mess things are by the bay. They really were on the right track. Now no one with a brain wants to come within 100 miles of that wreck and their whackadoo owner.



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2011 10:30 am
 

Report: Cable fined $120K by Al Davis

ebonyrod2...Al Davis most certainly was not "instrumental in the leagues merging".

The other AFL owners arranged the merger BEHIND his back. Al was opposed to the merger because the AFL teams were required to pay the NFL and because he thought the AFL offered a superior product and, if left separate, would have been more successful than the NFL. He even resigned as AFL commissioner for this very reason.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2011 9:43 am
 

Report: Cable fined $120K by Al Davis

bigmike, maybe you should get your facts straight.  Throughout the glory years of the Raiders Al Davis didn't control a majority of the team's shares until he bought out Ed McGah in 2005 to take over 67% of the club.  In 2007 Davis sold a minority stake in the Raiders for $150 million.  According to news reports at the time of the sale, with the team's valuation at $750 million, the minority sale only represents 20% of the team.  Many news reports at the time intimated that Davis controlled the other 80% but no documentation could be found to back up the speculation.

Let's also stop painting Al Davis as the victim with the whole world lined up against him.  The vast majority of fights with the NFL and the other owners have been picked by Davis.  Davis moved the Raiders out of Oakland because the city wouldn't make improvements to the Coliseum at zero expense to the Raiders.  So the Raiders move to L.A. to try and get somebody else to build them a stadium to Al's demands.  When that didn't happen, Davis moved back to Oakland and claimed the NFL sabotaged his attempts to build a new stadium in L.A.  He took them to court and lost.  The Raiders weren't forced out of L.A.-- Davis moved the team back to Oakland because he was losing in his attempts to have somebody else foot the bill.

I can accept you have fanatical devotion to Al Davis and the Raiders.  But if you're going to sound off about his accomplishments, take of the silver-and-black-tinted glasses and see the facts for what they are-- not what you want them to be.  Whatever happens to Al Davis and his legacy in these later years are more because of what Davis has done, not what others have done to him.  The NFL doesn't need to campaign against Crazy Al-- he makes a fool of himself all on his own.


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