January 19, 2011 by Post Team
Al Davis, (CP) – Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis rarely speaks to the media more. Thus, when Davis had a chance at a news conference announcing the hiring of Hue Jackson as their new head coach on Tuesday, he took the opportunity to answer a number of issues.
Davis has spent much more than 100 minutes of news conference explaining why he fined former coach Tom Cable the United States and 120,000 in the last year of his contract. Davis said he refused money from cable last six checks because of the pressure on the organization of the trial involving Cable assaulted a former assistant coach and an ex-girlfriend.
The trial of former assistant Randy Hanson was expelled from the court and sent to an arbitrator NFL. Davis said that Cable has recently settled the dispute with former girlfriend Mary Lutz.
“This case has created an enormous amount of work, stress and restlessness,” Davis said. “Tom has been said earlier in his career he could be fired without pay for the anger he has on the Raider organization.”
Cable agent did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Cable has filed a grievance with the NFL to recover lost wages.
Davis said cable lied when asked if there were problems in his past that could affect the Raiders. He was also angered by an aspect of continuing that Lutz said cable feed on road trips with the team, saying it goes against their lifestyle and how Raider.
He said that although Cable has been accused of breaking the jaw Hanson in August 2009, accused of assaulting three women later this year and sued by Lutz last June, he kept the coach the 2010 season.
“We had been in turmoil for about a year or two after the first thing came out and I did not think we need another rumor at this point,” Davis said. “Two roads. You can choose the A or B Road, anyway. ”
Cable recognized the removal of his first wife, Sandy Cable, with an open hand. He said the altercation happened over 20 years and was the only time he ever touched a woman inappropriately. Because what happened before cable joined the NFL, he was not punished by the league.
Davis said he still does not know what happened in the hotel room at training camp when Hanson had his jaw broken. Hanson cable accused of throwing against the wall and the left side of the face of Hanson strikes a table, then press Hanson while he was on the ground. Hanson was treated for a broken jaw and broken teeth. Hanson said assistants John Marshall, Willie Brown and Lionel Washington hampered Cable.
Davis said he would not join in the middle of the dispute.
“Unable to get the story,” Davis said. “You know, it’s like Gitmo. Try to know, they Waterboard these guys or not? No, really. It’s hard to believe. How many guys in? Four boys went into the room with a guy, the guy goes out with a broken jaw and no one has seen. ”
On other subjects at the first news conference in Davis over 16 months:
- Davis took some blame for Raiders’ struggles last eight years they failed to post a winning record. “I made mistakes. Yes, there is no doubt about it, and you’ve got to have great players. But you also sometimes have players do not. So you’re saying, should I take some of the blame? I’m sure. ”
- He said the team was hurt by failed former No. 1 draft pick JaMarcus Russell, who was cut last May after paying more than $ 39 million for three seasons ineffective. “We had a big investment in this type. Basically it is a good person but he has personal problems, and I decided it was time that we were not going to beat him.”
- He said he was not happy with the proclamation of cable that “we are not losers more” after the Raiders won the season finale to finish 8-8. “If this is not a loser in our world, I do not know what it is, enter .500. That was never my goal.”
- He explained why he still believes in the receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who caught only 37 passes in his first two seasons. “Explosion. He can catch, he is better and it is a good guy. It will be good.”
- He said he did not know if Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is back after last year of his contract canceled, but hinted it would cut the Raiders instead of picking an option that was attached to a value at least 0.8 million and 16 dollars. “Maybe $ 17 million you make two or three quality players to help you win?”
- He also said he was not surprised he won a grievance hearing against former coach Lane Kiffin, who was looking for more than 300,000 and, after being fired for cause in September 2008. “I beat him because he lied. He is a liar. He lied to you guys.”
- He said that the team needed a new stadium – preferably on the same site as the current home – and was injured by a low income. The Raiders sold a single game this season, but Davis hopes a new contract will help because of Oakland. “We do not have the resources that other teams have, but, but, I think we showed we can compete. It’s now a question of winning, and does better than them. But it depends what happens in the collective agreement. ”
- He would not give an opinion on a proposed 18-season game that commissioner Roger Goodell wants the new agreement, but said that talk of increased injuries was exaggerated. “There is no doubt that the property he wants, and Roger seems to be a way to get things done if he wants. So I’d rather not say what I think but I think the company injury is exaggerated. ”
- He said he was not worried about recent criticisms of the Pro Bowl punter Shane Lechler, who was upset the team to miss cable, stressing that Lechler talked leaving as a free agent after the season 2008. “Shane said publicly that he did not return, he did not like it here. A month later he came back, because I gave him the highest paid contract with a specialist in pro football. No, these things happen, it’s a part of our lives, I read on marriage breakdown, all these things. ”
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