On Friday, Raiders exec John Herrera said that former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon, who now works as an analyst for CBS, was not welcome in the team’s facility for production meetings, given that he has openly criticized the team.
(Under that standard, the only broadcaster who’d ever get in the door is John Madden.)
The Raiders relented, but then Gannon missed the production meeting due to travel delays.
Gannon has responded to the Raiders on his Sirius NFL Radio show.
“Let me just say this. I tried to take the high road on that
situation,” Gannon said, via Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times. “It was
unfortunate and it is what it is. I will say this: I really feel like
the organization should care less about who is broadcasting the games
and more about the product on the field and putting people in the
stands. I think that’s the bottom line. I wish, certainly, the Raiders
well. But it is frustrating to watch the team right now.”
He’s right. And we continue to believe that Herrera was clearly in the wrong.