09.23.08 10 years ago 8 Comments

Raiders coach/dead man walking Lane Kiffin gave his usual Monday press conference, which as I understand it was mostly him trying to find new different ways to say, “It’s out of my control, I can’t worry about it, and there’s nothing I can do but keep doing my job” when reporters asked him about his impending firing.

Afterwards, Raiders official John Herrera blew up at San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami.  Kawakami tells the whole story at his blog, but here’s the meat of it:

You’re a liar,” Herrera shouted. “You built a whole column on a lie…” […]

Kawakami put his hand on Herrera’s arm in a peacekeeping soothing way and said, “Calm down.” Herrera violently shook it off. “Get your hand off me,” he shouted. “Get your (bleeping) hand off me.”

To which Kawakami replied, “Do you want to take a punch at me?”

“Yeah, I’d love to.”

And then I heard Kawakami say, “I’d love to own part of this franchise,” meaning if a Raider official slugged him he could sue.

All this because Herrera denies Raiders officials circulated an ESPN story critical of Kiffin, while Kawakami alleges that Herrera himself was the one who passed it out to the media.  “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”  Oh, SNAP!  You see what I did there?  I called Herrera a woman!  That’s a burn.


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