The Raiders have gone and done it again.
Nothing tops an Al Davis media conference, especially one with audio-visual aids. But the random press releases that find their way out of the Raiders compound can come close.
Last month, the Raiders compared second-year receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to such Hall of Fame pass catchers as Lance Alworth, Fred Biletnikoff and Jerry Rice.
Today, the Raiders responded to an apparent storm of criticism they've received in light of former quarterback JaMarcus Russell's arrest for possession of a controlled substance on Monday - codeine cough syrup.
The statement: "We did all that we could to intervene and assist with a myriad of issues with JaMarcus Russell. NFL policy restricts our ability to comment publicly at this time. Therefore, those in the media who declare what the Raiders knew or should have known or what the Raiders did or should have done, are reckless, irresponsible and offensive and do a disservice to all concerned, including the public."
My take? The smartest thing the Raiders have done this offseason was cutting ties with Russell. Too bad they couldn't just leave it alone and not A) try and get $9.55 million back from him and B) turn the page on the whole sordid affair.