Raiders Employee Points To National Anthem Protests As Turning Point In Raiders Season

Raiders sideline reporter Lincoln Kennedy doesn’t buy into the conspiracy theories, but he does think the national anthem protests in Washington impacted the Raiders season.

During a Thursday segment on 95.7 The Game’s The Greg Papa Show, Kennedy elaborated on what he thought was the “single biggest factor” in bringing down the Raiders season.

“If there was one thing that I think had some underlying effects but I don’t know how, it’s just a feeling. It’s just a gut-wrench feeling, the whole anthem controversy, I think, affected [the team] mentally. I think it affected people… it was an unnecessary distraction that warranted so much coverage and so many questions [that] you couldn’t necessarily focus on football.”

Kennedy’s opinion is relevant because he’s well-connected with many of the players, but his comments are even more noteworthy because he’s actually employed by the team.

Kennedy isn’t going to simply go on the radio and spread false rumors. Surely there’s at least something to what he’s talking about.

Whether it was the national anthem protests or one of the many other distractions that emerged during the season, it never seemed like the Raiders carried the same vibe onto the field that carried them a year ago.

Call it “mojo” or call it whatever you want, the Raiders didn’t have it this year and Kennedy, like many others, seems to think the team lost “it” week three in Washington.

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13 thoughts on “Raiders Employee Points To National Anthem Protests As Turning Point In Raiders Season

  1. Too bad the offensive line threw the game vs Redskins. Might have been a whole differant season.

  2. Totally agree with this story. I have said this exactly the way Lincoln did. I felt the distractions changed our season. I wish we were smart enough to trade up and draft Fournette. Then just continue to build the defense and We would have been a dynasty for years to come.

  3. Sigh…..

    I DON’T CARE. The 6th ranked offense of 2016 to the 19th ranked offense in 2017. Coaching moves by JDR and the front office that should have been made on defense and one that should not have on offense. There is your 2017 season. I was at the Skins game and the team was unprepared and out coached. No offense to Lincoln Kennedy but Leadership is and has been the reason this team has not met expectations this season. Game after game they’ve taken the field and looked lifeless and unimaginative on offense, and confused on defense (until Pagano took over). So let the season end. And the circus begin. We don’t need a Quija board to figure this out.

  4. You guys dont get it at all nor does stooging *** Lincoln. There are a myriad of issues that plague this franchise but all fall under the Las Vegas Curse Cloud. It is the elephant in the room in which you cowards refuse to admit. Karma is real. Overrated bums like Derek Carr had the audacity to open his mouth on Vegas issue saying those who dont follow there werent real. That is why I was glad he broke his leg last year and even happier he got hurr again this year.

    As long as a Davis is running this franchise it is doomed! Only a fool does the moves he has done. He thought getting Marshawn Lynch with a SB run would placate us in Northern California. Oops! Wrong. Us real men and women didnt support the Davis crapfest and will continue to throw massive hate. Screw Davis and his supporters. I enjoy seeing you traitors wallow in misery

  5. Thank you socialists!!!!! for screwing up everything you touch!! Socialism got my family killed in South America now its destroying my team. I can’t escape you pricks anywhere I go. Thank you socialism for dividing our country and making fake issues like racism and BS about Latinos not having equal rights..LMAO you people would commit suicide if you had to live the way we lived in South America. You want to see unequal rights?? How bout this I know the cop that murdered my family but if i say something the rest of my family is dead. Now that’s socialism at its best…When you give the govt that power, the people will never be able to fight back. That’s why under Crooked *** obuma lying stealing ***, the 1 % got richer than at any other period. Drop the facebook, stop listening to these ignant *** rappers that think they know something because they can put some words together lmao oh and wait maybe I should listen to overpaid professional pretenders/liars (HOLLYWOOD) Our minority asses need to wake the **** up and stop supporting a party that wants to push cheap labor (most modern day form of slavery) by allowing illegals to stay and take american citize jobs. My peeeps are getting govt checks, cashing them and wirirng to latin america on the spot. **** YOU TOO for giving me a bad name and other honest latinos that want to do things right so we don’t turn this country into the country that millions of latino’s escaped SOCIALISM FROM!!!!!!!!

    SOCIALISM CREATES POVERTY WHICH IN TURN THEY USE ON OUR MINORITY ASSES TO SELL ON SOME BS ABOUT THEM CARING ABOUT MINORITIES SO THEY CAN GIVE US A SANDWICH AD SOME CHEESE AND SOME BS HEALTHCARE BILL THAT FORCES TO HAVE TO PAY FOR HEALTH INSURANCE (Thank you Trump, now i will file the taxes that I dint file because of that shady *** Obama rule)

    **** YOU SOCIALIST”s ALL of YOU!!!! YOU DON’T KNOW GHETTO IF YOU GREW UP IN THE USA!!!

    And are you still wondering why the Raiders are leaving Oakland!?? If you are? Drop the facebook and pick a fucking history book.

    MUERTE AL SOCIALISMO!! HIJO E PUTA!!

    1. MJ, thank you for expressing your anger at REAL problems and not falling into progressive / liberal traps targeting darker skinned Americans. I’m very sorry you and your family went through hell in South America but I’m glad you are here in America now. Tell it like it is brother.

  6. Leadership is what forced this team to unravel . Del Rio is not nor has he ever been an estute game planner or decision maker . All you have to do is look at the whole of his career . In Jacksonville , he never had a division winner and as a head coach hasn’t had but 3 playoff teams I believe ( I could be mistaken ) and has made bad coaching decisions in terms of picking and releasing assistants .
    I do believe ” something ” changed in Washington that night but cannot begin to speculate on what . They looked nothing like the team we saw the first 2 weeks of the season . Washington physically dominated them in a way they hadn’t allowed any team to do to them in a long time .

  7. I CALL BULLSHIT!!! YOUR going to tell me the protest has Carr throwing of his back foot, and Coop dropping balls, and TD calling horrible plays? Come on man!!! The truth is a bad team with a horrible OC

    1. Exactly, that is a fake news story. Are we supposed to believe that the two white guys on offense got so butt hurt by the protests that the whole offense unraveled? Whatever.

  8. Raider fan over 50 years. Have friends and family who suffered and died for this country. You don’t stand for our anthem, hope you lose every game. You are a disgrace. Go visit a VA hospital.

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