Raider Press Conferences Are Rather Testy

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


So the background on this is still a bit convoluted, but apparently Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News asked Lane Kiffin a question during a press conference about an article that was distributed to the media by Raiders' brass, one that was critical of the Coach. A little tiff ensued, but in the end the Coach still has a job....

So, for the time being, we're all stuck with each other, until the moment Davis pulls the trigger on the longest-rumored firing in the history of history.

That's fine and dandy — Herrera angrily confronted me right after Kiffin's news conference Monday, as Kiffin merrily strode by, but I'll take that sort of thing as long as it illustrates the larger issue.

Namely: the Raiders' burbling lunacy, which doesn't always manifest itself so vividly in public.

Also, Kiffin accepted the general point of my Herrera-enraging question — a question that referenced at least one attempt by at least one Raiders official to goose the argument in an anti-Kiffin direction.

Herrera didn't like that question and said my assumption that a senior executive printed out and distributed an article critical of Kiffin was a lie. It wasn't, by the way. Much frenzy accompanied our not-so-brilliant discussion.
Man, that is seriously confusing. Oh well....let's just watch a grown man yell at a reporter while people just stand around ignoring the situation! Via the Mercury-News....



Good times!

Another crazy day in Raiders Nation (Mercury News)
Herrera-Kawakami Nearly Rumble (PFT)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 9:58 AM

7 Comments:

Good for kawakami being the better man in that situation.

I can't believe that an executive would be so dumb, that in a room full of press members, come very close to starting a rumble over an article.

I thought Herrera was about to bow up at the female reporter when she confirmed kawakami's statement.

Lucas said...
Sep 23, 2008, 10:08:00 AM  

Classless move by an already classless organization

Englishman said...
Sep 23, 2008, 10:44:00 AM  

Just another day in Raider Nation...

TONY BLOGS said...
Sep 23, 2008, 10:49:00 AM  

You've got to admit, the Raiders are a well-oiled machine.

GMoney said...
Sep 23, 2008, 10:53:00 AM  

Typical bullying that seems to be so present at all levels in the Raiders organization. There are people who wonder why this team is so dysfunctional? Hell, it starts at the top with the buffoon and senile Davis, and apparently goes all the way down to execs trying to intimidate reporters.

Why would anyone in their right mind want to work for this organization? How can anything possibly be get done when this much dysfunction lives and breathes in one place?

One final thing: how terrible are the Chiefs to get blown out by this team?

Anonymous said...
Sep 23, 2008, 1:56:00 PM  

that guy looks like he didn't finish school, didn't shower, or both.

The Zoner said...
Sep 23, 2008, 2:29:00 PM  

I'm glad this train wreck of an "organization" moved out of LA. Stay classy Oakland!

Enrique said...
Sep 23, 2008, 6:30:00 PM  

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