Oakland Raiders Owner Al Davis Gives Press Conference
Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, pictured above, held a press-conference yesterday to announce the promotion of Offensive Co-Ordinator Hue Jackson to head coach…
Hmmm. I don’t think the picture above is actually Al Davis. Skeletor never looked this bad…
Jesus Harold Christ. So that’s what two decades of gin and cocaine will do to ya huh?
Davis’ press conference lasted around 100 minutes and touched on such topics as the firing of former head coach Tom Cable, the voided contract of Raiders pro-bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, legal dealings with former coach Lane Kiffin, former Raiders quarterback JeMarcus Russell AND the choice of Anne Hathaway as the new Catwoman.
Ok the Catwoman thing is a lie but I am still pretty pissed they chose Hathaway over Jessica Biel.
The juiciest part of the press conference that was when Al Davis discussed the reasons behind firing Tom Cable after he led the team to its best record (8-8) since 2002.
We already knew about the turmoil and litigation around the story that Cable allegedly broke Assistant Coach Randy Watson’s jaw in a 2009 altercation but what we didn’t know is..
Davis withheld over $120,000 out of Cable’s last six paychecks due to “strain on the organization of litigation” surrounding the Watson incident AND a separate lawsuit that has since been settled out of court from Cable’s ex-girlfriend Marie Lutz who alleged that Cable physically struck her.
Dang Cable. Anger management anyone?
Davis also briefly discussed his win in a grievance hearing against former Raiders coach Lane Kiffin who was seeking over $300,000 in payments connected with his firing in 2008 for cause…
“I beat him because he lied. He’s a liar. He lied to you guys.”
Davis also accepted part of the blame for the Raiders last 8, EIGHT!!, woeful season…
“I have made mistakes. Yes, there’s no question about it, and you got to have great players. But you also, sometimes, have the players and don’t get it done. So, you’re saying, should I take some of the blame? I certainly do.”
And as far as the voided contract of Nnamdi Asomugha who was due around $16.8 million this coming season, Davis had this to say…
“Can that $17 million bring you two or three quality players to help you win?”
Yeah. I’d say it definitely could. I KNOW it could buy a ton of Funyuns.
So lemme get this straight. Al Davis. King of Crazy. Actually held a press conference where he was lucid, made valid arguments, took part of the blame, AND didn’t come off looking like an insane crazy person?
Screw those bird-die off’s, Glee being the biggest show on TV and anything the book of Revelations has to say, this may TRULY be the sign of the apocalypse.
Al Davis. Making sense. Who’da thunk it?
Well. Here’s to 2011 being the year that the Raiders FINALLY return to prominence.