Rather than spend a lot of time dealing with the out-of-left-field comments by Tim Brown on an Atlanta radio station regarding Al Davis and his supposed dislike of African-American football players from Notre Dame, I’ll leave a couple of links to archived stories I wrote in 2006.
The first is on wide receiver Art Powell, who refused to play in a preseason game with the Philadelphia Eagles because it was in the segregated south, and who found a home with Davis and the Raiders, becoming one of the AFL’s most explosive wide receivers.
The second is on Davis’ record in support of African-American players in the 1960s and their stands against racism.
The stories ran on consecutive days as a series on Sept. 24 and Sept. 25, 2006.
From reading the transcript of the interview, it sounds like Brown was told these things regarding Davis’ feeling about African-American players from Notre Dame, and not from Davis directly.
If that’s the case, or even if it’s not, repeating it now doesn’t make a lot of sense. Davis’ record on this issue is above reproach.
Quarterback Danny Southwick, the quarterback in minicamp on a tryout basis out of Occidental, was signed to a contract, according to the transactions page on Raiders.com.
Neither Southwick nor veteran Andrew Walter got any action in team sessions, with the work split fairly evenly between starter JaMarcus Russell, backup Jeff Garcia and offseason acquisition Bruce Gradkowski.