Raiders Get Final Week of Offseason Progam Yanked by Union

The Raiders have been penalizied by the Union for violating practice standards. Head coach Lane Kiffin was told by the Union of the issues on Friday, and the team released the following statement. “I was notified that the player’s union believes our total commitment to improving our football team has resulted in some violations of rules regarding practice standards,” Kiffin said in a statement released by the club. “The union hs complained about the high level of intensity, player aggressiveness and fast pace of our practices and as a result, has taken away the final week of our offseason program.”

The issues could have been either the amount of workouts, or the intensity of them. Kiffin has stated that some of his players were sticking around for another week to work out. He said after the final minicamp wrapped up Wednesday that the team had “one more week of offseason weight lifting.” It is unkown if that is what got the team in trouble, but likely something or someone within the team gave a heads up to the Union that there a voilation of rules.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement states offseason practices “shall be at a level conducive to learning, with player safety as the highest prioroity and not at a level where one player is in physical contact with another.” Other than taking away the final week of the offseason program, no other word has been handed down about any sort of punishment towards the team.


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