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Back in the spring of 2008, when he was very much in charge of the Oakland Raiders’ singularly peculiar organization, Al Davis presided over a predraft meeting at the team’s Alameda, Calif., training facility. As coaches and personnel officials discussed what to do with the fourth overall pick, which the team would ultimately use to select Arkansas halfback Darren McFadden, the Hall of Fame owner’s son, Mark, casually drifted into the room.

“Mark,” Davis said, stopping the meeting and sounding genuinely interested. “What do you think we should do?”

Caught off guard, the younger Davis mumbled something about needing a wide receiver. Wrong answer.

“A fucking receiver?” Al Davis snapped, his voice rising. “Get the fuck out of here.”

And with that, the heir to one of the NFL’s most storied franchises slinked out of the room and continued with the rest of his day.

...Davis made a coaching change after Jackson’s promising, 8-8 rookie season: To project an image of authority, Mark Davis needs to surround himself with employees who didn’t see him routinely disparaged and condescended to by his legendary father.

“We were all in that room,” the ex-Raiders assistant coach said, referring to the aforementioned draft meeting. “We saw Mark get kicked out like a little fucking puppy dog, in front of everyone.”

Another former Raiders coach said that he “saw [Al Davis] tell Mark to ‘shut the fuck up’ all the time. It was a regular occurrence. He treated him like his opinion didn’t matter.”
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