Several players on the Raiders and 49ers squared off in a basketball game to raise money for Bay Area charities last week. Raiders coach Dennis Allen wasn’t thrilled about that.
Allen worries about the potential for injuries with offseason basketball games, and he would have liked to see players find another way to raise money for charity.
“It is the right intent, to raise money for charity,” Allen said, via the Bay Area News Group. “I wasn’t in agreement with the way in which they went about doing it, because they’re paid to play football. Any time you put that at risk, you’re taking a significant risk.”
Players were told the team was concerned about the potential for injury, and some Raiders who were linked to the event — including offensive tackle Menelik Watson, running back Darren McFadden and running back Maurice Jones-Drew — did not play. But several other Raiders — including Tyvon Branch, Denarius Moore, Taiwan Jones, Latavius Murray, Brice Butler, Sio Moore, Chimdi Chekwa and Greg Little — did play.
“These are grown men and they make decisions on what they want to do with their personal time, and that was a decision those guys took part in,” Allen said. “The thing I’m happy about is we were able to get out of it without any injuries.”
Usually, we only hear about charity basketball games in the offseason when a player gets hurt. Allen should feel fortunate that his fear didn’t come to fruition.