Just when you thought all was calm in Silver and Blackdom comes this - former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon, in town to work as CBS' color commentator for Sunday's game against Denver, was banned from team headquarters for a production meeting for, well, conduct unbecoming a Raider. The team later reportedly relented.
As first reported by David White of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Raiders have had enough of Gannon's critical comments of the team since he joined the media following his retirement after the 2004 season. Raiders executive John Herrera unloaded on the 2002 NFL MVP.
Some of Herrera's juiciest quotes: "After affording him the opportunity to establish a career here, he has since gone on to attack us in a way that's totally unacceptable."
And then there was this: "He seems to be a guy who can't get over the fact that he played the worst Super Bowl game in the history of the game and he wants to blame everybody but himself...I guess it's our fault he threw five interceptions."
Following then are links to stories on the latest Raiders blood feud.
The Associated Press follow up
Jerry Mac's Blog
My take? I see both sides, actually. I see how the Raiders, Al Davis specifically, what with his brand of loyalty, would feel betrayed by Gannon and want to wash his hands of a guy that was a reclamation project when he came to Oakland in 1999.
But I also see how the Raiders benefitted from Gannon's career revival in the East Bay, a stint that included three straight playoff appearances and the team's first Super Bowl appearance in 19 years.
I also wonder why the Raiders, Al Davis specifically, would worry about something as trivial as a petty feud with a former player and let it interfere with an otherwise positive start to the season. Then I remember how Davis basically sacrificed last year just to build a case against Lane Kiffin when he should have fired him in the offseason, when Kiffin was sniffing around for new jobs after one year as a head coach. At any level.
But I digress. What happens when Warren Sapp shows up? He's popped off far more than Gannon.
So what are your feelings on the purported Gannon-Davis Feud and how the Raiders have handled it?