ALAMEDA, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis speaks during a press conference to announce the firing of head coach Lane Kiffin of the Oakland Raiders at the thier training facility on Septemer 30, 2008 in Alameda, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Raider Nation celebrates not only a share of first place in the AFC West this week, but also a satisfying takedown of the Oakland Raiders football organization’s long-standing nemesis in former coach Lane Kiffin.
ESPN reports that an arbitrator has ruled against Kiffin and in favor of Al Davis in Kiffin’s unpaid salary dispute from 2008. The arbitrator ruled that Kiffin was fairly fired with cause, and would be denied his claim for $2.6 million.
In the end, it cannot be refuted – the overhead projector thing worked.
With salary offsets from Kiffin’s new positions at Tennessee and USC, the amount of money in dispute had long ago been reduced to $333,000. This case had basically just devolved into a urine-splashing match for two parties who just couldn’t stand to see the other win.
Mr. Davis’ victory in a litigation process should not be unexpected. As Raiders blog Just Blog Baby quipped, “Davis spends more time in court than the cast of Law & Order.”
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who’s buying plenty of extra turkeys this Thanksgiving.