Raiders owner Mark Davis sorry for how he talked about A's front office

Raiders owner Mark Davis sorry for how he talked about A's front office

Mark Davis is sorry. Sort of.

The Oakland Raiders owner torched the Oakland Athletics -- his Coliseum co-tenants -- in an interview with The Athletic on Thursday, saying "the front office has been real f---ing pricks" when it comes to the stadium arrangements. 

Davis walked back his comments a touch late Thursday night in a conversation with ESPN's Paul Gutierrez.

"I am not sorry for the things I said," Davis told Gutierrez. "But I am sorry for the way I said them."

Davis is upset about a new Coliseum configuration layout that displaced 2,500 Raiders season-ticket holders. This layout was constructed by the A's front office.

The Raiders' lease with the Coliseum expired after the 2018 season, and the A's -- who signed a 10-year extension in 2014 -- made some renovations, including taking out sections of seats in order to improve the experience of their fans. In doing so, this new layout created 250 obstructed view seats for football.

After exploring different options for the 2019 season, the Raiders reached an agreement with the Coliseum -- with an option for the 2020 campaign should Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas not be ready -- but the A's already had made their renovations. 

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The Raiders will open their 2019 preseason schedule at the Coliseum on Saturday against the Los Angeles Rams. 

Second Raiders stadium site worker tests positive for coronavirus


Second Raiders stadium site worker tests positive for coronavirus

A second person working at the Allegiant Stadium construction site tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), according to stadium officials commissioned to build the Raiders a new venue just off the Las Vegas Strip.

Mortensen-McCarthy, a joint venture leading the stadium construction effort, issued a statement Wednesday announcing the finding.

The statement, sent to the Las Vegas Review-Journal and other local media, said the company was notified Tuesday of the positive test. The worker, according to Mortensen-McCarthy, was on site for one week before leaving on April 2, prior to experiencing symptoms.

The company said the infected worker wasn’t close to others due to social-distancing measures implemented on the construction site. The worker is self-isolating and won’t return to work until medically cleared to do so. The company said the area where the worker was assigned was shut down and thoroughly sanitized.

The stadium site has strict guidelines for workers on site and sanitizing protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus for workers.

The first COVID-19 case from a stadium site worker was announced on March 25.

While Nevada has issued a stay-at-home directive, construction is considered an essential business and has continued despite the coronavirus pandemic.

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Allegiant Stadium is still expected to be ready for the 2020 Raiders season should it start on time. The coronavirus pandemic has put sports on hold, with no timeline for return. The NFL, however, currently is planning to start the season as scheduled.

The Raiders are set to play their first season in Las Vegas after spending previous seasons in Oakland and Los Angeles.

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NFL rumors: Ex-Raider DeAndre Washington, Chiefs agree to contract terms

NFL rumors: Ex-Raider DeAndre Washington, Chiefs agree to contract terms

DeAndre Washington reportedly is no longer a Raiders running back, but his old team will see him often in the 2020 NFL season. He agreed to a contract with the rival Kansas City Chiefs, Yahoo! Sports' Terez Paylor reported Tuesday citing a source, keeping the tough runner in the AFC West.

It also reunites Washington with great friend and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, whom he played with at Texas Tech.

Washington served the Raiders well over the course of his rookie contract. The 2015 fifth-round draft pick was a steady reserve capable of shouldering a larger load if asked, a point he proved after Josh Jacobs was shut down late last season with a shoulder injury.

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He had 40 carries for 162 rushing yards and a touchdown in two straight games as a starter. Washington wasn’t expected back in 2020, with the Raiders looking for a different rushing style in reserve.

Washington and Jalen Richard are of similar stature and while they aren’t identical players, a greater contrast obviously is of benefit.

Washington enters a solid situation with the defending Super Bowl champs. Damien Williams is returning but LeSean McCoy is not, meaning there should be carries to earn with the Chiefs, even if he remains a secondary option.

All told, Washington had 282 carries for 1,122 yards and seven touchdowns in his Raiders career.

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The Raiders carry on with Jacobs, Richard and Rod Smith as the primary options at running back. Another runner could be added in the NFL draft.