HOUSTON -- Two days after the passing of Al Davis, questions are beginning to swirl about who will assume the power vacuum atop the Raiders' day-to-day football operations.Logically, the assumption is that the decision-making power falls to Davis' son Mark, who was with the team in Houston on Friday, flew back to Oakland Saturday morning after word broke of his father's death, and was back at Reliant Stadium in time for the Raiders' emotional 25-20 defeat of the Texans.
First-year coach Hue Jackson was asked after the game if he had spoken with the younger Davis yet about the organization's daily football operations would now be run."No, I haven't talked with him and I'm not really concerned about that," Jackson said. "I'm more concerned with today and what we were doing. I'm sure we'll all get together and make the right decisions, but that's not of any worry right now."Right now, we're Raiders and this team is still run by Coach Davis and his family and that's the way it's going to be."Mark Davis and Raiders CEO Amy Trask reportedly have a list of candidates for director of football operations andor general manager.Davis was on the sidelines before the game, exchanging pleasantries with players and again in the Raiders' victorious postgame locker room.
OAKLAND -- Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat down during the national anthem prior to Saturday's preseason game versus the Los Angeles Rams, as he did the week before at Arizona.
Lynch hasn't addressed his reason for sitting during the national anthem, an action several others have used to protest racial issues and the mistreatment of minorities in this country. He has sat intermitently during his career, while standing at attention and remaining in the locker room at others.
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick popularized the movement last year by kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner. Lynch was retired in 2016, but voiced support for Kaepernick in an interview with Conan O'Briend.
Lynch wasn't the only Raider making a gesture during the anthem. Rookie safety Shalom Luani kneeled during part of the song. Quarterback Derek Carr placed his hand on Khalil Mack's shoulder during the song. Bruce Irvin had his fist in the air.
Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett has been vocal about his protest while sitting through the anthem twice in as many preseason games.
Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.
The charge is for assault of his sister's boyfriend in Smith's hometown of Pasadena. Smith allegedly beat and stomped the boyfriend's head on the morning of July 4, 2017 in Old Town Pasadena, the district attorney said.
Smith faces formal felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury to the victim.
The 30-year old plans to fight the charges levied against him.
"Sean maintains his innocence at this time," Smith's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg told NBC Sports Califorinia on Thursday evening. "We are going to be entering a plea of not guilty and fighting these charges."
A warrant was filed on Aug. 16. Smith's arriagnment is scheduled for Sept. 29.
Smith was not present at Thursday's Raiders practice, the last session of training camp. He surrendered to Los Angeles County authorities, posted an $80,000 bond and has been released from custody.
If convicted as charged, Smith could face a maximum sentence of seven years in California prison.
A Raiders spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The case is still under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department.
This is another blow in a rough summer for Smith. He has struggled on the practice field during training camp and faces an off-field legal issue. Smith is guaranteed $9.5 million for the 2017 season.
More to come...