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Russell responsible for his downfall

Vacation is over.

Figured it was a good time to burn the last three weeks of my yearly allotment, with minicamps over and usually little in the way of real news until draft picks begin signing (hello, Jared Veldheer and Bruce Campbell), with the starting gun for the flurry of contracts usually coming around the Fourth of July.

Who knew JaMarcus Russell would still be headline material?

Since I wasn’t on the clock when the Russell arrest went down, I’ll give you a few impressions of the situation and its aftermath, and those of you who are tired of reading anything about Russell feel free to abandon ship here and await news heading into training camp later this month.

– As I mentioned on my Twitter account, Russell’s alleged affinity for cough syrup was a rampant Internet rumor for more than a year. Many readers of this blog sent me e-mails about it. Some of them slipped into the comments and weren’t deleted. Most of my responses to you were that without some sort of documentation, it was off limits.

Russell hasn’t been found guilty of anything _ his attorney seems to think the whole thing will go away _ but an arrest report opened the door to making it news.

– I have a lot of respect for colleague and friend Monte Poole, but we don’t always agree.

Monte’s column which suggested the Raiders may have turned a blind eye to Russell’s problems provoked an angry club response which said they had done what they could to intervene in the “myriad” issues surrounding the quarterback.

No way the Raiders were oblivious.

They’ll never go into detail about what they knew and when they knew it, nor should they.

You think it was an easy thing for Al Davis to authorize Russell’s benching after proclaiming the quarterback would be “great” in the Lane Kiffin letter? There was plenty of speculation that Davis would never bench Russell.

That doesn’t happen unless Davis has information that there’s something else going on beyond poor play and practice habits.

When Russell emerged from the bench and actually led a game-winning drive against Denver on Dec. 20 and still couldn’t re-insert himself into the picture, that’s a pretty good clue the Raiders knew what they were dealing with.

Common sense says the Raiders worked to protect their investment and get Russell straightened out. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was an ultimatum presented around the time of the last minicamp about getting some help, taking a pay cut and attempting to work his way back from the bottom of the depth chart.

They went through this before with another highly-paid Russell. Darrell Russell couldn’t extricate himself from the party scene, and I’ll never forget Davis’ talking about him at a press conference following his departure. Usually stubborn and defiant, Davis sounded almost wistful for a moment, saying, “We just couldn’t win that battle” alluding to Russell’s issues which included drug suspensions.

This was before Darrell Russell was killed an an automobile accident in Southern California.

I’ve said before the Raiders are responsible for putting JaMarcus Russell into a Davis-Kiffin environment that made it difficult for the quarterback to succeed on the field, but the quarterback’s affinity for showing up in TMZ photos in Las Vegas and earning an underground reputation for partying were his choices as an adult to make. It wasn’t the fault of the Raiders, or Russell’s choice of friends. It’s on Russell.

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  • The Return of Godliness

    # mcskinnnylegs Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    why doesnt any one talk about the RAIDERS in the RAIDERS blog?
    **********************

    First off punk get a new handle………….that condescending screen name shows how much of an idiot you are

  • RaiderRockstar

    Lakota: D-Fish should have signed with Miami for a Happy Meal if all he cared was winning another ring…

    he’s a good player. hate to see him go out like this, schooled by Nash & Westbrook in 2010-2011

  • fat kidd

    Thursday’s supplemental draft

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    Al davis spend a 4th or 5th on RB Harvey Unga or DT Joshua Price-Brent?

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Fisher
    Blake
    Kobe
    Odom
    Artest
    Gasol
    Bynum

    vs.

    Lebron
    Wade
    Bosh
    and 10 YMCA ballers

    I like the Lakers’ chances…in fact, I seriously doubt the Heat get past Orlando or Boston next year.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Illinois defensive tackle Joshua Price-Brent had a “very good workout” in front of NFL scouts on Wednesday, according to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt.

    The 6-foot-1 3/4-inch, 321-pounder worked out outside on field turf on the Illini’s practice field, according to Brandt, and was clocked in 5.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash on two separate occasions. He did 22 reps on the bench press and had a 29-inch vertical jump, an eight-foot, 10-inch broad jump and finished the three-cone drill in 7.71 seconds.

    In all, 18 scouts were in attendance, including pro personnel directors of the 49ers, Packers, Saints and Lions. It was not immediately known whether the Bears were in attendance.

    Price-Brent declared for the supplemental draft after becoming academically ineligible. Before that, he had been suspended because of a DUI.

    The supplemental draft is July 15. The Bears have bid on players in the supplemental draft before but have never acquired a player via the supplemental draft.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2010/07/illinis_price-brent_impressive.html

  • RaiderRockstar

    (07-11) 12:01 PDT Oakland —

    A man who violently shook his toddler and then threw the girl in front of a moving car was arrested by an off-duty Oakland police officer who witnessed the incident and hailed a citizen’s vehicle to help chase him down, police said Sunday.

    The officer, whose name was not released, was off-duty and on foot when he saw a man later identified as John Taylor Jr., 21, yelling in the middle of Fifth Avenue near East 15th Street around 5:40 p.m. Saturday.

    Taylor then picked up a toddler on the sidewalk, shook her violently and then hurled her into traffic, where she was run over by a vehicle, police said.

    The 18-month-old girl was later determined to be the suspect’s child, authorities said.

    The off-duty officer helped remove the child from underneath the car. She suffered some burns from the engine but escaped major injury, police said.

    Taylor fled on foot, and the officer then flagged down a passing motorist and jumped into the passenger seat, authorities said. They spotted the suspect confronting another motorist at Fifth Avenue and International Boulevard.

    The off-duty officer confronted the suspect, who began attacking the officer, police said. As uniformed officers arrived, Taylor was still combative and was shot with a stun gun before he was subdued, authorities said.

    The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment of a head injury and was booked on suspicion of resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and child endangerment.

    Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer

  • fat kidd

    Jesse Jackson: Cavs Owner Has ‘Slave Master Mentality’ About LeBron James
    7/11/2010 9:03 PM ET By FanHouse Newswire
    CHICAGO (AP) — Jesse Jackson criticized Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert on Sunday, saying Gilbert sees LeBron James as a “runaway slave” and that the owner’s comments after the free-agent forward decided to join the Miami Heat put the player in danger.
    Shortly after James announced his decision last week, Gilbert fired off an incendiary letter to Cleveland’s fans, ripping the 25-year-old and promising to deliver a title before James wins one. He called James’ decision “cowardly” and later told The Associated Press he believes James quit during a handful of Cavaliers playoff games.
    “He has gotten a free pass,” Gilbert told the AP in a phone interview late Thursday night. “People have covered up for [James] for way too long. Tonight we saw who he really is.”
    Jackson said Gilbert’s comments were “mean, arrogant and presumptuous.”
    “He speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers,” the reverend said in a release from his Chicago-based civil rights group, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave. This is an owner employee relationship — between business partners — and LeBron honored his contract.”
    Messages were left Sunday night seeking comment from Gilbert, the Cavaliers and James.
    Jackson also called Gilbert’s comments an attack on all NBA players and said the owner should face a “challenge” from the league and the players’ association.

  • RaiderRockstar

    5 Reasons Why Allen Iverson Should Join Miami Heat’s All-Star Cast

    Now that the sports world can be satisfied with the landing of the “Big Three” in Miami, should they consider adding one more?

    This team has the potential to dominate the NBA for years to come with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and…Allen Iverson?

    The veteran guard is looking for a place to play, which will welcome him in with open arms.

    Oh yeah, one other plus is that he’ll be playing with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh: The newly formed NBA Dream Team.

    This all-star cast could use a player like Iverson, and Iverson could use an all-star cast like in Miami.

    Here are five reasons why Iverson should join the “Big Three” in Miami.

    1. Miami Could Use a Veteran Point Guard

    There was a time when Allen Iverson would not be considered a point guard.

    He was a pure shooting guard who wanted the ball in his hands when the game was on the line.

    But after maturing and his experiences in the league, Iverson has transformed into a good point guard capable of seeing the court.

    His passing abilities are underrated, and if Miami decides to let A.I. join the cast, he will be able to set his teammates up with his quickness and court vision.

    Which brings me to my next point.

    2. LeBron James Would Benefit from an Allen Iverson Addition

    LeBron James can make his own shot opportunities.

    He has the incredible ability to score points out of nothing.

    But, what if he also had Allen Iverson there to give him easy shot opportunities?

    LeBron would deal with less fatigue that comes with creating, and would have many more chances to score points easily.

    Iverson would be able to give him easy dunks and open looks at the basket with his court vision.

    3. Allen Iverson is Ready to Contribute

    Allen Iverson now has his family issues out of the way, and he is ready to contribute to a team in any way that he can.

    He is focused on basketball, and is ready to head to Miami and make them a better team.

    It’s hard to make Miami better now that they have one of the best teams ever assembled, but Iverson would be a good addition and would improve their depth at the guard position.

    He is a former league MVP, and is ready to bring his experience to Miami.

    4. Iverson Wants to Win a Championship

    I think a big reason why Allen Iverson is still looking to play is to finally win that elusive championship.

    In Philadelphia, Iverson had a hope to win at least one when they went one game up on the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. But the Lakers proved to be too dominant, as they won the series 4-1.

    Denver seemed to be a good fit for A.I. after his time in Philadelphia, but that was a failed experiment, as Denver seemed to lose its dominance in the West.

    With LeBron, Wade, and Bosh all in Miami, he can be sure there will be championships to be won.

    5. I think a big reason why Allen Iverson is still looking to play is to finally win that elusive championship.

    In Philadelphia, Iverson had a hope to win at least one when they went one game up on the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. But the Lakers proved to be too dominant, as they won the series 4-1.

    Denver seemed to be a good fit for A.I. after his time in Philadelphia, but that was a failed experiment, as Denver seemed to lose its dominance in the West.

    With LeBron, Wade, and Bosh all in Miami, he can be sure there will be championships to be won.

    5. I think a big reason why Allen Iverson is still looking to play is to finally win that elusive championship.

    In Philadelphia, Iverson had a hope to win at least one when they went one game up on the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. But the Lakers proved to be too dominant, as they won the series 4-1.

    Denver seemed to be a good fit for A.I. after his time in Philadelphia, but that was a failed experiment, as Denver seemed to lose its dominance in the West.

    With LeBron, Wade, and Bosh all in Miami, he can be sure there will be championships to be won.

    5. Allen Iverson Can Find a Home in Miami

    It’s been a long journey for A.I.

    He has visited many teams looking for that perfect fit for his talents.

    Philadelphia, Memphis, Denver, Detroit, and finally I think he can land in Miami and find the success that he has been looking for.

    His quickness, defensive abilities, court vision, and scoring ability will be a welcome addition for the Miami Heat for the remaining years of Iverson’s career.

    By Geremy Graham (bleacher report)

  • RaiderRockstar

    Shaq, Iverson, Rasual Butler, Luther Head & Von Wafer are gonna join Miami

    domination!

  • aig

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 1:43 pm
    # aig Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    ROG,

    dude you always this sour?
    **********************************

    No im always telling the truth

    ————
    ROG,

    I know the truth according to your little world bro. Lighten up and have a beer dude. Life is short to be on here wired up like you havent pooped in 5 days or something.

  • brookliner

    How about Jamarcus to the Heat? He could fill a Big Baby Davis type of role…

  • fat kidd

    aig Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 2:13 pm
    The Return of Godliness Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 1:43 pm
    # aig Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    ROG,

    dude you always this sour?
    **********************************

    No im always telling the truth

    ————
    ROG,

    I know the truth according to your little world bro. Lighten up and have a beer dude. Life is short to be on here wired up like you havent pooped in 5 days or something.

    ………………..try a stool softner!

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post Barack worshippers!

  • Carl Weathers

    Jerry says:

    “No way the Raiders were oblivious.”

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    The Raiders tipped the cops to try and gain some leverage in the 9.5 mil Al’s tryin to get back. Thats just my 2 cents though ;^)

    Cheers!

  • darkhorse

    Next topic please…

  • darkhorse

    Next topic please… I hope to hear some good news soon.

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