Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

December 31, 2009
Fines galore for Stewart ($25K), Seymour ($10K), Routt ($5K)

Stanford Routt may have been ejected from Sunday's game at Cleveland for what was described as a head-butt but the cornerback had yet to hear Thursday morning from the NFL office regarding a potential fine.

"But I'm pretty sure I'll be hearing from somebody soon," he told reporters today.

The news came while the Raiders were on the practice field later in the afternoon as Routt was reportedly slapped with a $5,000 fine. Also, Richard Seymour was fined a reported $10,000 for his personal fouls in Cleveland and Tony Stewart was hit with his reported $25,000 fine for making contact with an official in the defeat to the Browns.

Routt was also asked by reporters if he did indeed head-butt a Browns player.

"Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't," he said. "It's over and done with now. We've got the Ravens on Sunday."

Got it? Good.


Earlier in the week, players spoke of the "Raider Mystique," and how the Raiders always seem to be on the wrong end of so many penalties. Thursday after practice, coach Tom Cable was asked how to keep his players from buying into such a conspiracy theory.

"We did talk about that, staying composed, staying in the game, don't worry about those things, making plays, getting a lead, playing with a lead," Cable said. "It all seems to take care of itself when you're doing those things."

Or not. Because Cable was also asked is his 5-10 Raiders would be in the playoffs if they had better officiating. Cable did not bite.

"It's hard for me to say much about that because of the league rules," Cable said. "But when it comes back that a number of them shouldn't have been called by the head officials, it is what it is. We coach it to not have those kind of things happen but when the report came back and said (certain penalties should not have been called), that's a big deal."

About Comments

Reader comments on are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

Raiders stories on

October 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31