According to David White of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Raiders want CBS analyst Rich Gannon (and former Oakland Super Bowl quarterback) banned from their Alameda training facility.
Club officials want Gannon blackballed because he’s been critical of the organization.
“Rich Gannon is not welcome here,” ubiquitous club spokesman John Herrera said. “We told CBS we did not want him in our building . . . and that’s where it sits.”
Initially, the Raiders even asked for Gannon to be pulled out of the broadcast booth.
Unsurprisingly, CBS declined.
“Rich Gannon is an objective and analytical broadcaster and he will be broadcasting the game as assigned,” said CBS senior V.P. of communications LeslieAnne Wade.
As to the Raiders’ reasoning, Herrera pointed to Gannon saying the organization “should just blow up the building and start over.”
Herrera is apparently more sensitive than his incredibly confrontational history with at least one reporter suggests.
“We think in a post 9/11 world, that’s not a very proper thing to say,” Herrera said. “It’s uncalled for. [Gannon] seems to be a guy who can’t get over the fact that he played the worst Super Bowl game in the history of the game and he wants to blame everybody but himself.”