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Two mega-scandals in less than a month! A habit for the Raiders


Controversial moves, confrontations with the Commissioner, and the image of a dirty and ill-behaved team have all been part of the mystique, history and tradition of the now Las Vegas Raiders.

However, the two scandals of their former head coach Jon Gruden at the beginning of October and now of their former receiver Henry Ruggs III are unfortunaelt nothing new in the history of the "Sin City" team.

The nomadic team

The Raiders organization had a great deal of athletic success in the 1970s, but in the 1980s, founder Al Davis engaged in a war of threats and statements with then NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle over his desire to move the team to Los Angeles, which happened in 1982 against the league's own wishes.

Even when the team was crowned in Super Bowl XVIII in 1983, at the time of the presentation of the Vince Lomardi Trophy, Davis ended up behaving himself, but the tension was such that it was thought that the presentation could not take place.

The Bad Guys

It is no secret that they have always had an image of a dirty team, tough beyond the rules of the game, to the extent that, in Mexico, where they have a large fan base, they were nicknamed "Los Malosos" (The Bad Guys), and in California, many motorcycle gangs took their skull shield as a subversive image in the face of the status quo.

The moving theme returned twice more as in 1994 they left Hollywood to return to the Bay Area, the Raiders were returning to Oakland, but that marriage would dissolve again.

Playing in the Oakland Coliseum, the dire need to stop having the oldest, least comfortable and only stadium shared with an MLB team, the Oakland Athletics, led them to try to work out a deal for a new stadium with the city, but after a lot of failed negotiations, the team moved and last year, in 2020, they called Las Vegas their new city, with a fantastic home, Allegiant Stadium, at last the franchise had stability and peace of mind.

The Jon Gruden and Henry Rugs III scandals

But the Raiders' DNA took over again and last October 11, after a leak of emails with homophobic, misogynistic and racist messages that their then head coach, Jon Gruden, sent ten years earlier, when he was an analyst for Monday Night Football on ESPN, generated the forced resignation of the famous "Chucky", the team was left without its stellar strategist.

And if that wasn't enough, last Tuesday Henry Ruggs III, a receiver selected by the Raiders in the first round of the 2020 Draft crashed his car at 156 miles per hour at 3:40 (local time) killing a woman and being jailed after being released from the hospital. The Raiders cut him that same day.

Current owner Mark Davis, Al's son, said so at the NFL owners meeting on October 28 in New York:

We're Raiders. We're used to this

Mark Davis

"We're Raiders. We're used to this. That's just what our life is about. It is disappointing".

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