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Sunday, June 20, 2010
Al Davis can't shed his bad-guy rep

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Now, this is just piling on.

According to a poll by Forbes, Oakland owner Al Davis is the No. 2 most disliked figure in sports. He’s right behind Michael Vick.

Come on now.

Sure, Davis has built a tremendous reputation of being a renegade and a salty personality over the years. But what’s so controversial about has he done in the past year?

He’s an 80-year-old man who is trying to turn around his franchise. Sure, times have been tough in Oakland and Davis has to absorb a major percentage of the blame for Oakland’s lot in the NFL. But there are far more controversial figures in the sports world these days.

Davis scored higher (or lower, I guess) on the list than the likes of Ben Roethlisberger, Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriquez.

Wow, tough crowd.

I guess Davis will forever be known as a villain type in the sports world, but there are many more people currently deserving of the “disliked” label than Davis.

I’ve said this many times before and I will again in the future, but every dealing I’ve had with Davis has been entertaining and pleasant. There’s no doubt, Davis has an edge to him, but I’ve never come away from dealing with him with anything over than a smile on my face. But the beauty of Davis is, he probably likes this news. He’d probably be more upset if he was on a list of good guys in sports.