Just shy of one year ago Sebastian Janikowski was involved in an incident that has resulted in the record setting kicker being charged with misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment. While this is news to the general public it is nothing new to the Raiders or Jano for that matter.
Raiders’ CEO Amy Trask said as much and Sebastian’s track record states the same. While it has been quiet on the Janikowski crime blotter for some years now his run-ins with the law were as legendary as his leg.
First let’s talk about Trask who doesn’t seem to be too concerned with this so-called news. Gary Peterson of the Contra Costa Times quotes Trask in his piece on this unfolding story. Trask defends Jano by saying he was never arrested and seems to indicate that the Raiders were well aware of this issue one year ago even though it was never reported or discussed.
“This incident occurred over a year ago, Sebastian was not arrested, we were aware of this matter and this is not news.”
Now that we know where the Raiders stand on the so-called news, let’s discuss Janikowski.
Talk about bad timing. In a week where Seabass entered the NFL record book he has also reentered the football conscious for the wrong reasons. His previous misgivings are many though he’s never been involved in anything that would threaten his career or freedom for that matter.
While this latest chapter is but a misdemeanor it does carry a potential consequence of up to 18 months in jail. As of yet no trial date has been set. So for now there isn’t too much to discuss besides speculative notions.
Where Raider fans can share concern lies in the fact that this incident occurred one day prior to Oakland’s loss in Arizona one year ago. A loss in which Jano shanked a kick that was a mere chip shot by his standards.
Is that a coincidence?
Again, that is speculative. But it is a legit concern. Despite all the jokes made at his expense Janikowski is one of the great weapons in football. When his focus is affected we’ve seen the inexplicable. When he’s dialed in we’ve seen history made. Hopefully this won’t affect his performance. A year ago you could argue the Raiders were a missed kick in the desert and a miserable performance in The City away from the playoffs.