ALAMEDA -- The last time the late Al Davis held a media conference, he said his son Mark was running point on the Raiders' stadium search.A year later, and after the passing of his father on Oct. 8, Mark Davis addressed the topic during and after the media conference announcing Reggie McKenzie as the Raiders' new general manager.Asked if there was a chance he could sell the team, Davis laughed."Are you making me an offer?" Davis cracked. "No, there's no intention to sell this team. This is my life. It's been my life for, well, I've been with the Raiders for 48 years. And my whole thing is to continue the legacy that my father built here and I've got one of the largest extended families in the world. And that's what all these former players and everybody else that's been in this organizationthey mean a lot to me. And this organization represents them as well as they represent us and that's where it's going to stay."Relieved, Raiders fans? Well what about the stadium issue?"I've been working on other stadium situations for about a year and a half," Davis said. "We're trying to get something done up here, but if we can't, we've got to get something done somewhere because we need to be able to compete. And that's where it's at."Santa Clara, with the 49ers?"Santa Clara's a potential possibility," Davis said.Later, after the cameras went off, Davis entertained more questions. Like, how recently he had spoken with the 49ers about Santa Clara.He said CEO Amy Trask had been dealing with Northern California sites."And I've been looking at certain places up here in Northern California," Davis said, "but I've also been talking to people in Southern California, that have talked to me."We're trying to get something done here."Asked how important it was to him to stay in Northern California, Davis did not hesitate."It's important to get a new stadium," he said. "That's really important. I mean, it's such a competitive business. It really is competitive. We can't compete for a lot of the players that other teams can, at times."Of course, the silver and black elephant in the room is Los Angeles, where the Raiders played from 1982 through 1994.Is it a possibility?"Yeah, Los Angeles is a possibility," Davis said. "Wherever's a possibility. We need a stadium."The timetable is yesterday. So that's where it is. We've got to get a stadium. We've got to get that done."Then is there an offer to go to L.A.?"There's offers on the table, but I wouldn't talk about them," Davis said. "If there was an offer that we liked, we would've taken it. Let me put it that way. And there's not."
First it was Marshawn Lynch coming to the defense of Marcus Peters. Now, it appears the Oakland native is returning the favor.
The Chiefs cornerback will be speaking on behalf of Lynch during the Raiders' running back's appeal of his one-game suspension, according to multiple national reports. The appeal will take place on Monday.
Lynch was ejected in the second quarter of the Raiders' 31-30 victory over the Chiefs on Thursday night. After the Chiefs and Raiders saw themselves in a heated exchange from a controversial late hit by Peters on Derek Carr, Lynch ran off the sidelines and came to the defense of his close friend Peters with multiple Raiders going after the young defensive back.
But in doing so, Lynch put his hands on an official and was immediately ejected from the game. He was then handed his one-game suspension on Friday.
“They can say what they want to say, but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first," Peters said to Logan Murdock of The Mercury News on Thursday.
FOX Sports was first to report the news.
Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.
He’ll also be a spectator next week.
The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.
The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.
He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.
Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.
By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.
Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.
The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.
Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.
The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.
Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.
Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.
“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.
His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.
Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.
If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.