Source: Cable files grievance against Raiders

January 16, 2011, 10:41 pm
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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Former OaklandRaiders coach Tom Cable has filed a grievance to recover 120,000 thatthe team fined him during the final year of his contract.A person familiar with the finesspoke to The Associated Press on Sunday on condition of anonymitybecause of the sensitivity of the situation. The story was firstreported by ESPN.
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The person did not say why theRaiders withheld the money from Cable's paychecks. ESPN reported ownerAl Davis was upset that the Raiders lost two days of organized teamactivities in June for violating NFL rules.The grievance eventually will be heard by an arbitrator appointed by commissioner Roger Goodell.Raiders senior executive John Herrera and NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined comment.The Raiders recently won a grievancefiled by Kiffin, who was seeking more than 300,000 in lost wages afterhe was fired for cause in September 2008. Kiffin was fired in hissecond season because of what Davis described as acts ofinsubordination and lying by the coach.The Raiders announced on Jan. 4 thatthey would not exercise a 5 million, two-year option to keep Cable ascoach. He went 17-27 in two-plus seasons after replacing the fired LaneKiffin early in the 2008 season.
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Cable did not keep his job despiteleading the Raiders to an 8-8 finish in 2010. That marked the firsttime Oakland did not lose at least 11 games in a season since winningthe 2002 AFC championship.
The Raiders have begin the search forCable's replacement, with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson the leadingcontender to get the job.