NFL roundup: Raiders’ owner threatens move
Owner Mark Davis was in position to play hard ball last season, when the Oakland Raiders lease at o.Co Coliseum expired.
“We will play in the Coliseum next year,” Davis told the San Francisco Chronicle. “But there’s been no progress. I had high hopes when Colony Capital came in. I still do have hopes, but there not as high because I haven’t really heard anything positive from either group. It’s gone silent again. We have to get something done.”
Davis is not yet threatening to move the franchise — famously the Raiders have moved before, with late father Al Davis at the controls — and might need to sell controlling, majority interest to push it past the significant wall the NFL could stack up.
But he’s not mincing words about the consequences of not progressing toward a stadium the franchsie doesn’t share with the Oakland Athletics. With the shiny new billion-dollar stadium going up in Santa Clara — the 2014 home of the San Francisco 49ers, who shut down Candlestick Park last season — Davis has some added motivation to act now. Co-tenancy with the 49ers was an option for the Raiders, but Davis turned down that shared set-up, too.
“I don’t want to call it a last-ditch effort, but it does seem to be the last chance that Oakland is going to get,” Davis said. “We can’t continue to play in that stadium, with the baseball field and all of that stuff.”
If Davis has a ‘Plan B’ he is not telling.
“I don’t want to talk about using someplace else for leverage. If I get something done in Oakland, I am staying,” he said.
The NFL remains interested in having a franchise in Los Angeles, but commissioner Roger Goodell said recently that likelihood is not imminent.
Incognito takes bat to his $300,000 Ferrari
Offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who was at the center of the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, smashed his own Ferrari in a fit of rage, the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Police Department confirmed Thursday.
Sgt. Mark Clark said the police became aware of this situation after TMZ brought it to their attention Wednesday afternoon. He said the Dolphins guard took responsibility when police contacted him Thursday.
“They provided us with a photo of a damaged car and reported it to belong to Mr. Incognito, and they gave us an address,” Clark said. “We went out there and checked to see if there was a damaged car there. There was no car and no one answered the door.
“We went out there again this morning and we were able to contact Mr. Incognito and he reported that he damaged his own car and didn’t need any police help or report.”
Clark said further details are unavailable because no crime was reported and added that Scottsdale police are done with the matter.
Pictures on the TMZ celebrity website show the Ferrari, valued around $300,000, smashed on the hood and grill with a baseball bat lying nearby. A part of the bat is shown lodged in the car’s grille.