It’s déjà vu all over again in Raider Land. Stop me if you’re heard this one before but a former head coach of the Raiders has filed a grievance with the NFL claiming that he’s owed money by Al Davis.
ESPN reports that during this past season, Davis deducted a total of $120,000 from Tom Cable’s paychecks. Why was Davis taking food off Cable’s plate? According to the report they were fines levied at $20,000 a pop. Among the issues that got Davis’ diapers in a bunch were two OTA sessions that were denied the Raiders in June.
The report also states Davis and Cable were only communicating through legal channels during the season. Kinda makes you wonder if Davis had his lawyer call Cable on the ring down to tell him to put Jason Campbell back in game.
Who knows what the real root of all this is and who really cares?
All this means is once again Raider Nation will be stuck footing the bill for of Al’s legal fees as yet another symptom of the never ending Raider dysfunction comes to light. In the delusional mind of Davis he’ll say he had good reason to fine Cable and perhaps he did. Lane Kiffin had to learn the hard way that Davis does his legal due diligence before making moves. Kiffin was denied a grievance earlier this year that stemmed from his firing. In that instance Davis proved he had cause to terminate Kiffin without pay. Now, Al’s legal team is again pitted with a similar task.
The level of chaos and dysfunction in Oakland is a broken record. No matter how much things would appear to change, they inevitably remain the same. Davis and his antiquated business practices are holding the progress of the franchise hostage. Hue Jackson, you’d better be paying attention. My advice is to hire a lawyer now and be sure to document everything. You’re not even the head coach yet but I’m sure your number is already programmed into the phones of Davis’ legal team.