Officers Punished for Detainment of Raiders Safety Nate Allen


Officials say four southwest Florida police officers have been punished for the wrongful detainment of Oakland Raiders safety Nate Allen, the Associated Press reports.

Fort Myers police Chief Doug Baker said Thursday the arrest was isolated and not deliberate.

Allen, who lives in southwest Florida in the offseason, spent several hours in a holding cell in February after a 16-year-old girl said he performed a lewd act at a traffic light. Allen denied the accusation, saying he was on a cellphone call from the time he left a nearby restaurant until he was stopped. No charges were filed, and Allen was eventually released.

An internal police investigation determined the officers involved violated state or agency policies and were assigned disciplinary actions. The investigation’s report ends with an apology from Baker to Allen.

The “Biggest Gut-Punch Loss” in Raiders History? SI Has One Everyone Remembers


Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Biggest gut-punch loss” for each and every franchise, the Raiders included.

The game that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked is a rather obvious one – the 1972 playoff loss to the Steelers that included the most famous play in NFL history – “The Immaculate Reception.”

Oakland Raiders: Dec. 23, 1972, AFC divisional round—Steelers 13, Raiders 7

The Raiders of the late 1960s and early 1970s were the AFL’s and AFC’s version of the Cowboys: the team that was always great, but could never quite win the mythical big one. The 1972 Steelers were just happy to be in the first playoff game in a 40-year history that featured far more failures than successes. The Raiders had a 7–6 lead with time running out in this divisional playoff in Pittsburgh when Terry Bradshaw threw a pass to running back John Fuqua over the middle of the field. The pass either hit Fuqua or Raiders safety Jack Tatum—nobody is really sure—and fell into the hands of Franco Harris, who ran the ball in for a 60-yard touchdown.

The question was, who touched the ball last? If it was Fuqua, the catch was not a catch. If it was Tatum, or Fuqua and Tatum consecutively, it was.

After the play, referee Fred Swearingen got on the phone with Art McNally, the league’s head of officiating. Depending on who you ask, Swearingen was either trying to confirm the catch call with McNally, or asking how many policemen would be able to escort his crew off the field if he ruled based on what really happened. To this day, it’s a mystery, and it’s the one game Raiders head coach John Madden will never get over.

The 2001 playoff loss in New England, the game that forever was remembered for the ‘tuck rule’ can also be added to the list as well.

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Former Raiders Coach John Madden Says Ken Stabler’s Death a ‘Shock to All of Us’

Arizona Cardinals vs Oakland Raiders - October 22, 2006

Hall of Fame coach John Madden says the death of Ken Stabler came as a “shock to all of us” because the former Raiders quarterback kept his cancer diagnosis a secret, Antonio Gonzalez of the Associated Press reports..

Madden said Friday that Stabler was the ultimate tough guy. He says Stabler never went into the training room when a teammate could see him and played through numerous injuries.

Stabler’s family announced his death on Stabler’s Facebook page Thursday. The family said Stabler died as a result of complications from colon cancer. He was 69.

The 79-year-old Madden says Stabler should be in the Hall of Fame. Madden recalls fond memories of Stabler’s playing days, including famous games that earned the nickname “Holy Roller,” ”Sea of Hands” and “Ghost to the Post.”

RIP Kenny “The Snake” Stabler

ML and Snake

Video: The Best of Raiders All-Time Great Ken Stabler

Raiders Great Ken Stabler Passes Away At 69


“The Raiders are deeply saddened by the passing of the great Ken Stabler,” said Owner Mark Davis. “He was a cherished member of the Raider family and personified what it means to be a Raider. He wore the Silver and Black with Pride and Poise and will continue to live in the hearts of Raider fans everywhere. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to Kenny’s family.”

Statement from John Madden

“I was head coach of the Raiders the entire time Kenny was there and he led us to a whole bunch of victories including one in Super Bowl XI. I’ve often said, If I had one drive to win a game to this day, and I had a quarterback to pick, I would pick Kenny. Snake was a lot cooler than I was. He was a perfect quarterback and a perfect Raider. When you think about the Raiders you think about Ken Stabler. Kenny loved life. It is a sad day for all Raiders.”

Family’s Statement on the Passing of Ken Stabler

We announce with great sadness that our father, Ken Stabler, passed away Wednesday, July 8 as a result of complications associated with colon cancer.

He passed peacefully surrounded by the people he loved most, including his three daughters and longtime partner, as some of his favorite songs played in the background, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” and Van Morrison’s “Leaves Falling Down.”

He quietly battled Stage 4 colon cancer since being diagnosed in February 2015.

He wanted to make a difference in the lives of others in both life and death. At his request, his brain and spinal cord were donated to Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center to support research for degenerative brain disease in athletes.

He was a kind, generous and unselfish man, never turning down an autograph request or an opportunity to help someone in need. A great quarterback, he was an even greater father to his three girls and grandfather to his two “grand snakes.”

We are grateful for the tremendous love and support from friends and fans. We ask that you please respect our privacy during this difficult time as we grieve this heartbreaking loss.

Funeral Arrangements are pending. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the XOXO Stabler Foundation to support research of colon cancer and sports-­?related head trauma. More Information will be available on Ken Stabler’s Facebook Fan page and the XOXO Stabler Foundation.

He is survived by his three daughters Kendra Stabler Moyes (husband, Scott), Alexa (fiancé, Hunter Adams) and Marissa; His grandsons Jack And Justin Moyes; Sister Carolyn Bishop; Nephew Scott Bishop; and great nephew and niece Tayler and Payton Bishop. He is preceded in death by his father, Leroy Stabler, and mother, Sally Stabler.

Paper Reports Death of Former Raiders QB Ken Stabler – Retracts Story

Raiders Ken Stabler

The Tuscaloosa News this afternoon ran with a tragic story about the death of former Raiders Super Bowl winning QB Ken Stabler – now a few hours later, they have issued a statement basically saying ‘whoops’ and that they have yet to confirm the story.

“Preparing to report on an unconfirmed but wide and persistent rumor that former Alabama football player Kenny Stabler had died, inadvertently and briefly published an incomplete story that we were preparing in the event that the story was confirmed. At this time, it is not confirmed. Unfortunately, other news outlets used social media to share the report. We regret the error and any emotional distress caused to Stabler’s family, friends and fans.”

Um – it looks like if ‘The Snake’ is indeed still alive (there’s no for sure either way right now), he’s got a pretty good case on his hands after the paper ran with the story.

A number of websites picked up the story as well that the 69-year-old passed away – and now are also back peddling

Raiders OL Coach Tice Likes What He Sees From Teams Line


Mike Tice was part of the Raiders’ organizational restructure this offseason, hired to coach up the team’s offensive line.

As an offensive mind with nearly two decades of experience coaching in the NFL, Tice already likes what he’s seeing in Oakland, CSN Bayarea reports.

“I’m pretty excited about the group I have to work with. First of all, it’s the biggest -– I was telling my wife and some friends the other day -– it’s the biggest, most athletic group of guys I’ve worked with before,” Tice said on SiriusXM NFL Radio

“I think the guys on the offensive side are very impressive,” Tice elaborated. “We have a good blend of older and middle-aged and some younger guys that are going be to rising stars in the league.”

The offensive line, as of now, includes tackles Menelik Watson, Donald Penn and Austin Howard, along with interior lineman in J’Marcus Webb, Tony Bergstrom, Khalif Barnes, and most notably, Pro Bowl center Rodney Hudson, who was the team’s top free-agent signee.