Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis spoke about the team's stand against domestic violence in an exclusive interview with The San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami on Sept. 17.
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis has opened up about domestic violence in the NFL.
Davis offered his thoughts about the issue in an exclusive interview with The San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami on Sept. 17:
"And Davis had a clear idea that he was more than ready to offer.
"'In my mind, if somebody's accused or arrested in a domestic violence case, they should be suspended with pay,' Davis said.
"'I want to make sure it fits the legalities and with what the union wants, but I just think that's the only thing that makes sense for us now.'
"Makes absolute sense to me. Total sense.
"But Davis now becomes the first member of the NFL brethren to take such a clear and strong stand about instant discipline in domestic violence cases.
"Davis, who has been attuned to this subject since the death of Raider great Fred Biletnikoff's daughter at the hands of her boyfiriend in 1999, said he would probably bring this up with other owners soon.
"And Davis said that, while he respects the (San Francisco) 49ers' decision to continue playing defensive end Ray McDonald after his arrest for suspicion of domestic violence, that path isn't working for the NFL.
"'I see what the 49ers and Jed (York) are going through and what they're saying, 'Innocent until proven guilty' and that's the American way,' Davis said.
"'But I think we have to get this right, and suspension with pay in those cases (while the investigation moves forward) is the only thing that makes sense to me right now.'
"Davis said there might be ownership support for even harsher immediate discipline for domestic abuse suspects -- possibly suspension without pay right away.
"But Davis said,'I don't want to make it a money issue,' he just wants to figure out how to handle the current crisis.
"In an age of instant social media commentary and endless coverage on 24-hour news channels, Davis said the NFL cannot brush this issue away with small steps and cannot have suspects playing games while under investigation.
"But Davis said he still supports commissioner Roger Goodell, who has come under harsh criticism for his botched handling of the Ray Rice incident.
"'He's dealing with something we haven't experienced before at this level,' Davis said of the commissioner.
"'We're all dealing with this. We're all trying to figure out how to get this right.
"'He made a decision, admitted he made a mistake, and he tried to go back and correct it. Yeah, I definitely support him.'
"Plus, Davis added: 'Do you know how long it'd take to get a new commissioner up to speed on all our league issues?'"
Meanwhile, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen remains unfazed about his job security heading into the Week 3 game against the New England Patriots. Allen said in Wednesday's press conference he is focused on New England more than anything else, per CSNBayArea.com's Scott Bair:
"Raiders head coach Dennis Allen weathered yet another tense press conference on Wednesday afternoon, with little respite from questions about his job security.
"That's become a hot topic following two disappointing losses to the New York Jets and the Houston Texans. The latter happened in the only home game until Oct. 12, and ignited fervor among a fan base expecting better results following an offseason of increased optimism.
"If the Raiders continue playing poorly heading into a Week 5 bye, Allen's job might be in jeopardy.
"Allen deflected those inquiries well.
"'What matters is getting ready for the New England Patriots,' he said. 'That's all I'm going to focus on.'
"Allen was asked a follow-up about whether he thinks he's on a short lease. Allen's response wasn't hard to predict.
"'I'm getting ready for the New England Patriots.'
"Allen said he hasn't had any meetings out of the ordinary. He hasn't met with owner Mark Davis, which would be unusual considering the Raiders chain of command where Davis speaks with general manager Reggie McKenzie and McKenzie deals with Allen.
"Allen deals with his staff, and as a defensive mind, was asked if he would take greater control in play calling. He said Monday that was something that hadn't been discussed, and he wouldn't discuss those specifics on Wednesday afternoon.
"'I'm not going to get into how we're going to game plan or who's going to do what,' Allen said. 'Ultimately it's my responsibility for this football team and I take full responsibility for it and we've got to go out there and play and execute to try to get a win on Sunday.'"
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