The Oakland Raiders have issued a statement regarding the recent allegations of past domestic violence made against Raiders coach Tom Cable by a former wife and a former girlfriend.
“Over the last few days, we learned of the allegations made against Coach
Cable and we are, of course, aware of his response thereto,” the statement says. “In conjunction
with the League office, we will undertake a serious evaluation of this
“We wish to be clear that we do not in any way condone or accept actions
such as those alleged.”
The statement also seems to imply that the Raiders are willing to take strong action against Cable, if the team determines that strong action is warranted.
“There have been occasions on which we have dismissed Raider
employees for having engaged in inappropriate conduct,” the statement reads. “For reasons of
privacy, we kept the basis for those dismissals confidential. We endured
public opprobrium for the dismissals, all the while knowing our basis for
them was appropriate.”
The team apparently is referring to dismissals other than the dismissal of former coach Lane Kiffin, who was fired very publicly, with detailed reasons provided by owner Al Davis.
By the way, “opprobrium” is “public disgrace or ill fame that follows from conduct considered grossly wrong or vicious.”
I know this because I looked it up.
I looked it up because I had no idea what it meant.
And it’s too damn bad I took the SAT 27 years ago.