From the moment this lockout started it felt as if Al Davis was more aligned with the players than his fellow owners. While the rest of his companions were crying broke, AD went for broke inking mega deals on the eve of the owners’ padlock paradise.
To further finger his felonious brethren Davis’ Raiders abstained during the owners’ vote on the current CBA. Maybe I’m reading too much into Al’s silence but it should be noted every other owner voted for the agreement, a solid 31-0 or roughly the first quarter score of Oakland’s demolition in Denver last season.
Now I’m no Adam Schefter. Partly because I’m not an overgrown midget of Paul Rudd proportions but mainly because I don’t have a plethora of inside sources. However my Raider senses tell me Mr. Davis has been none too pleased with this entire process. After all, it was Davis who helped champion the last CBA that so handsomely rewarded the players.
To Davis, the owners opting out of the sweetheart deal of a CBA the players negotiated was slap in the face.
While my speculation is rooted more in gut feeling than the ever reliable ‘anonymous source’ there is something to be said for the fact the players aren’t looking likely to accept the owners’ agreed upon terms. Therefore this staring contest will continue.
Jerry McDonald quotes Amy Trask on the Raiders’ position on the current terms of the deal.
“We have profound philosophical differences on a number of issues — both of a football and economic nature. We have consistently expressed our views on these matters to the League. We voted in the manner we believe best for football.”
Not that Davis needed to do much to distance himself from the owners but this is a very clearly drawn line in the sand. Gotta love Davis, he’s a Raider through and through.