Raiders owner Al Davis is now two-for-two when it comes to public takedowns of a fired head coach. In September 2008, it was Lane Kiffin.
In January 2011, it’s Tom Cable.
Davis unloaded on the man who led the Raiders to their first non-losing season since 2002 in the press conference introducing Hue Jackson as the possibly the next man to be publicly chastised by Davis after being fired.
As detailed by the San Francisco Chronicle (we’ve also got a snippet of the performance, thanks to our friends at NBCSports.com), Davis turned to the topic of Cable as the press conference seemed to be winding down. Davis cited the Randy Hansen incident, explaining that during an August 2009 meeting with Cable and other coaches, “Randy’s jaw was broken, to this day nobody is sure how it was broken.”
Davis also said that “[w]e had a spouse accuse the head coach of personal relations that were not good,” that the Raiders faced a lawsuit from a woman who claimed that Cable mistreated her, that Cable was “flying in friends so they could be with them the night before the game.” (The over/under on comments containing the phrase “lay some cable” or a variation thereof is 23.5.)
“I just wasn’t going to take it anymore,” Davis said regarding the decision not to pick up an option in Cable’s contract.
Davis also confirmed that he withheld $120,000 in pay from Cable, who reportedly has filed a grievance with the league office to force the payment of the money.