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Raiders taking pride in a new, cleaner image

AP

The Raiders have an image, and they know it. To be honest, they cultivated it for a long time, and successfully.

But as a new team prepares to move to a new city in a few years, they want to make sure the people of Las Vegas know they aren’t some marauding band of felons, descending upon their city.

As noted by Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Raiders have the longest streak in the NFL of not having a player arrested (going back to 2014).

And coupled with the programs they run for players throughout the year, they are taking pride in being something other than what they were perceived to be for years.

“The people that know the Raiders in Las Vegas, they know the Oakland Raiders, the Los Angeles Raiders, through parents, uncles and aunts,” Raiders director of player engagement Lamonte Winston said. “There was a certain persona. Well, that’s totally changed. . . . These are the new Raiders where we have educational platforms, where our guys are going back to school, where our guys are establishing businesses. We want young people in Las Vegas, student-athletes, to know that character counts with us. It really is important to us.

“Before we put the pads on and start knocking heads, (for) the men who put on those helmets, character counts. Professionalism counts. Academics count. Respect counts. That’s what we want to bring to the community.”

At the moment, it’s all on the upswing for the Raiders, with an ascending team on the field, full of likable stars who seem just plain nice. That’s not always what the Raiders have sold, but this seems to work for them now.

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23 Responses to “Raiders taking pride in a new, cleaner image”
  1. OaklandNomads says: Jun 26, 2017 6:35 AM

    this isn’t the 60’s 70’s or 80’s..I became a fan in 1975, times are different, rules change.. you can’t be those Raiders anymore..

  2. jimnaizeeum says: Jun 26, 2017 6:49 AM

    As noted by Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Raiders have the longest streak in the NFL of not having a player arrested

    It’s not like the cops are busy in Oakland, no gangs and their rate of violent crime is only 5 times the US average

  3. jasons81 says: Jun 26, 2017 7:01 AM

    Not a Raiders fan here but I think it’s about time Mark a Davis gets credit for being one of the better owners. He may be goofy looking but he’s done a million times better than his pops did his last few years.

  4. dawsonleery says: Jun 26, 2017 7:11 AM

    Mark Davis has become one of the best owners in all of sports.

  5. daaabears says: Jun 26, 2017 7:21 AM

    Arrest coming in 3…2…

  6. f1restarter says: Jun 26, 2017 7:42 AM

    Because nothing screams “bad ass” more than character, professionalism, and academic excellence.

  7. raidernation210 says: Jun 26, 2017 7:44 AM

    Raiders fans have been well aware of this but it’s the losers, haters and trolls who want to keep saying other wise. It’s sad really how pathetic they are.

  8. mauijim805 says: Jun 26, 2017 8:00 AM

    Hopefully Raider fan will follow suit!

  9. araidersfan says: Jun 26, 2017 8:31 AM

    The Raiders of 40 years ago were hell-raisers but the fact is that aside from Warren Wells, no one did any kind of serious crimes. They got their “outlaw” reputation because Al Davis defied Rozelle, they didn’t conform with league-think and they were notorious carousers.

    The Raiders of the last 30 years have been about like any of the other teams with their share of bad apples but nothing that really separates them. But they haven’t been nearly as successful on the field as they were from 1963-1985. Hopefully, the 2016 season will mark a return to consistent winning.

  10. redlikethepig says: Jun 26, 2017 9:03 AM

    They need to get away from that old image that made them rich and famous. Brilliant marketing strategy.

  11. dan52067 says: Jun 26, 2017 9:21 AM

    Didn’t they just draft a guy who’s being accused of rape? Hello?

  12. joetoronto says: Jun 26, 2017 9:23 AM

    Some ignoramuses will continue with their slamming because they’re just that, ignorant.

  13. vipod4ever says: Jun 26, 2017 9:49 AM

    Stabler was the on field face of the franchise in the ’70s. Besides Al, he more than anyone established the brand.

    Carr takes over that brand in a very different way.

    It’s not your grandfather’s, father’s or even older brother’s Raiders any longer.

    Change is good; in fact will be very good $$$.

  14. jbraider says: Jun 26, 2017 10:21 AM

    dan52067 says:
    Jun 26, 2017 9:21 AM
    Didn’t they just draft a guy who’s being accused of rape? Hello?
    __________________________
    Hello
    I guess paid no credence to the accusation, seeing as how (1) he was not charged or arrested, (2) he passed a lie detector test concerning the incident, and (3) some of the hotel security camera footage that has surfaced directly contradicts the accuser’s testimony.

  15. joetoronto says: Jun 26, 2017 11:45 AM

    dan52067 says:
    Jun 26, 2017 9:21 AM
    Didn’t they just draft a guy who’s being accused of rape? Hello?
    ******************************
    There you go, ignorant in the true sense of the word.

  16. imaduffer says: Jun 26, 2017 1:57 PM

    In California they don’t care if you smoke pot. Therefore you don’t see NFL players getting busted.

  17. fakebookfreddy says: Jun 26, 2017 10:08 PM

    Cleaning their home field of raw sewage and the vomit in the stands would be a start.

  18. harril3 says: Jun 27, 2017 1:24 AM

    araidersfan says:
    Jun 26, 2017 8:31 AM
    The Raiders of 40 years ago were hell-raisers but the fact is that aside from Warren Wells, no one did any kind of serious crimes. They got their “outlaw” reputation because Al Davis defied Rozelle, they didn’t conform with league-think and they were notorious carousers.

    ………………..

    At least part of their outlaw reputation was for how they played the game….they hit players very hard, harder than necessary at times, and they stretched the rules to the point new rules had to be written, e.g., Holy Roller, no kicking a fumble toward your own end zone.

    It wasn’t just boozing it up, it was dirty and borderline dirty play that got them a bad reputation.

  19. harril3 says: Jun 27, 2017 1:26 AM

    They only have the longest streak because Aldon Smith technically isn’t on the team.

  20. silvernblacksabbath says: Jun 27, 2017 1:25 PM

    I think we should wait and see about Conley first.. Bad feeling about that…

  21. fakebookfreddy says: Jun 27, 2017 5:55 PM

    At least part of their outlaw reputation was for how they played the game….they hit players very hard, harder than necessary at times, and they stretched the rules to the point new rules had to be written, e.g., Holy Roller, no kicking a fumble toward your own end zone.

    It wasn’t just boozing it up, it was dirty and borderline dirty play that got them a bad reputation.
    __________________________
    My fave was B-Rob going down to Mexico on the eve of the Raiders SB and trying to drink himself to death. He missed the game and later got in a shoot out with cops. This was great stuff!

  22. mojodoa says: Jun 28, 2017 1:54 AM

    harril3 says:
    Jun 27, 2017 1:26 AM
    They only have the longest streak because Aldon Smith technically isn’t on the team.

    ——————

    What a stupid comment. Smith has not been arrested for anything since he has been associated with the Raiders. Just can’t stop the hate.

  23. r8rsfan says: Jun 28, 2017 10:36 AM

    The ones still bringing the hate for the past reveal how intimidated they were by it.

    RN4L

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