Tales from the Dark Side: A Warning to Young Oakland Raiders Players

Honor Warren Wells TheTorchSenior Writer IIMay 19, 2011

In this article the names do not matter. The scenarios of struggle are what should be shared with the public.

While surfing the Internet I saw an article about a former Oakland Raider who ended up with a stab wound because a woman had been rejected by him or his brother.

It reminded me of the Steve McNair tragedy, but, according to the research, the former Oakland Raider had no affair with the woman. That means that there are women who have strange fantasies about NFL players, and if they are rejected they get enraged.

Fortunately, the Oakland Raider (in 1971) survived a stab near the heart with a dagger, but he never really got his footing again in the NFL.  Physical, emotional, legal and social challenges mounted up against him and he lost his stamina.

Years ago, in another example of tales from the dark side, an Oakland Raider and his brother were returning to California, driving a fancy Cadillac. In a very small town in Texas, the young men were stopped. When authorities checked the car, they must found something for which they could write a ticket or cite as a violation.

As the story goes, they went to jail for awhile. When they were checked in, their belongings were gathered and were stored for them.

Once the two young men were released, the former Oakland Raider wanted his Super Bowl ring. Well, the folks in authority in the small town did not return the ring.

On another occasion, in the sixties, the guys were traveling through another small town. They were stopped and harassed because of the fancy car. Well, other stuff may have been going on, too; but the main thing that got them stopped was the fact that there were two African American men in a good looking, expensive car.

Yes, they were dressed "jazzy," in a style of the seventies.

In this century, some folks call this profiling. Has progress been made in 2011?

Do you think that young, rich professional football players need to tone down in order to avoid legal challenges in some of the small, conservative towns in America?

These types of "dark" tales have happened to professional football players and others. The various NFL players are from different races, cultures and backgrounds.

You probably have a few "dark" tales you can share, too.

Well, it would be great for the 2011 season to start on time. So many of the energetic, strong and gifted NFL players just want to get on the field and play the game of football.

All we can say at this point is that the Oakland Raiders and others need to be patient, careful and focused on a plan for preparation during the 2011 lockout.

For goodness sake, let's hope there are no more "dark" tales coming against the current Oakland Raiders.

Go Raiders! Use your energy doing something positive for someone in your community.