Raiders owner says ‘Hard Knocks’ would be ‘disruptive’ to 2019 camp

first_img Related News “It would be disruptive,” he said at the NFL owners meeting Tuesday (via ESPN.com). “We’ve got a lot of business to take care of, get ready for the season. I appreciate that they might think we’d be great TV, but we got something to accomplish.”Davis even said he’d fire Gruden and re-hire him just to make the team exempt from the show because it’d have a first-year head coach. Roger Goodell: NFL seeks ‘all the facts’ in Robert Kraft case before any action Star wide receiver Antonio Brown, head coach Jon Gruden, owner Mark Davis and a passionate-yet-disgruntled fan base being stripped of their team sounds like solid television, but the Raiders are already campaigning to be passed over for HBO’s training camp reality show “Hard Knocks.”Oakland is one of five teams eligible for the show along with the Lions, 49ers, Giants and Redskins. But Davis is dead set on avoiding the potential distraction of a film crew following his club’s every move.center_img Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury praises Josh Rosen but says team hasn’t made decision about No. 1 pick “I’m all for whatever he wants to do,” Gruden said.However, everything about the Raiders points to them providing entertaining television with a marquee coach, star players, a bevy of early draft picks and the lingering move from Oakland to Las Vegas in 2020.Davis may not want the exposure, but football fans (and likely HBO) would love an inside look at the Raiders.last_img read more

Capitals’ Ward: Race issue ‘will always be there’

first_imgGAME WINNER—Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward, center, is congratulated by teammates after his game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins during overtime of Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Boston, April 25. The Capitals won 2-1. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) ARLINGTON, Va. (AP)—Washington Capitals players tapped the ice with sticks when Joel Ward skated onto the rink for practice Friday, and some fans rose for a standing ovation in support of the player whose series-winning goal was greeted with a racial outburst on Twitter. The 31-year-old left wing, one of a handful of Black players in the NHL, was the target of numerous degrading tweets after he scored in overtime of Game 7 on April 25 to end the first-round series against the Boston Bruins.“I don’t let it bother me at all,” Ward said as the Capitals returned to practice ahead of Saturday’s Game 1 against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. “It’s a few people that just made a couple of terrible comments, and what can you do? I know what I signed up for. I’m a Black guy playing a predominantly White sport. It’s just going to come with the territory. I’d feel naive or foolish to think that it doesn’t exist. It’s a battle I think will always be there.”The hockey community has rallied around Ward. Both the Bruins and the NHL quickly condemned the tweets, as did Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, who wrote on his blog: “Shame on these folks who decided to take to their keyboards and show their ignorance and their racism and hate.”“There’s been a lot of support from everybody, especially my teammates and the whole organization and the Bruins, and some of their fans,” Ward said. “I was blown away by the amount of people and the amount of support.”The goal stands as one of the top moments in Ward’s four NHL seasons and one of the most memorable in Capitals history—the first time the franchise has won a Game 7 on the road. The Toronto native was signed as a free agent from the Nashville Predators last June largely because of his nine goals and 17 points in 18 playoff games the past two springs.“My advice for him—just don’t listen to what people say, good things or bad things. You just have to concentrate,” teammate Alex Ovechkin said.“He’s strong and he’s funny. He’s, right now, Michael Jordan of hockey.”last_img read more