'The front office has been real pricks': Mark Davis bashes the A’s in interview
Raiders owner Mark Davis is evidently not afraid of saying some bad words. In an interview with The Athletic's Vincent Bonsigniore, Davis said the word "f—" a lot, including when he was asked about his opinion of the Oakland A's "stadium situation."
"As far as the players and everybody, we love the A's," Davis told The Athletic. "We seriously do. But the front office has been real pricks. They've been really f—ing around with us up there, taking advantage of the situation. Which, it is their right to do it, but it makes it hard. Again though, we love the players, we love the A's."
Davis, who later apologized for his comments, clarified to ESPN that he's angry because of some complicated business with the Oakland Coliseum, which the A's and Raiders have shared since 1995. Essentially, the A's made a bunch of renovations in a window of time when the Raiders were off the Coliseum lease that forced the Raiders to move 2,500 season-ticket holders to different seats.
"I am not sorry for the things I said," Davis told ESPN. "But I am sorry for the way I said them."
At least Davis has Las Vegas. He called the relationship between the team and the state of Nevada "magnificent," and praised Trump megadonor Sheldon Adelson at length for assisting the team in its efforts to navigate the Nevadan political landscape.
"I have to say it would have never got done without the help of Sheldon Adelson," Davis told The Athletic. "It just wouldn't. He shepherded the deal. He brought all the right people to the table. He made it happen. Me not knowing the politics and going into another state ... he really helped get it done."
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