Longstanding rumors of a dysfunctional relationship between Al Davis and former Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable proved to be on point.
As the season was drawing to a close, Davis fined Cable $20,000 six times at a cost of $120,000 according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The dispute allegedly arose over Davis’ frustration that the team lost two days of OTA’s in June. The longer running belief is that Cable fell out of the owner’s good graces due to benching JaMarcus Russell and Jason Campbell in favor of Bruce Gradkowski.
Cable has filed a grievance against Davis with the NFL. League commissioner Roger Goodell will appoint an arbitrator to sort out the matter.
In a similar instance, the Raiders won arbitration after Lane Kiffin was terminated a few years ago.
Hue Jackson is expected to be named the next Raiders head coach any day now.