Marshall, whose defenses have played McAlister's Ravens only once in the player's 10 years in the league, quickly clarified that he was merely clowning. "Yeah I know who he is. I haven’t heard anything. He’s a great player,” Marshall told the Oakland Tribune.
It's always disappointing when John Herrera comments to the media without adding, "Get your ****ing facts straight."
Keep in mind, though, this is the Raiders public relations philosophy in action. Raiders' officials always deny everything until each detail is completed and Al Davis has officially announced the development at a press conference.
Until that happens, the Raiders will continue to claim to think that Chris McAlister is that one creepy guy on the poker shows on basic cable.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who the Oakland Raiders have never heard of.