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Sapp says Lane Kiffin 'treated unfairly'

Oct. 2, 2008 at 10:35 PM   |   Comments

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Former Oakland defensive tackle Warren Sapp told a cable sports program Thursday that Raiders owner Al Davis treated fired Coach Lane Kiffin unfairly.

The possible hall of famer told Showtime's "Inside the NFL" that he tells any person that calls him not to touch Oakland before Davis is gone.

"Al Davis knows football -- it's just '60s and '70s football -- that's what it is," Sapp said. "(He) is the common equation. You take him out, put him at home watching film or whatever he is doing -- you have a functioning football organization. He's thinking that (wide receiver) Cliff Branch is outside and (quarterback Jim) Plunkett is dropping back and you can throw it 80 yards down the field -- deep ball, deep ball, deep ball. Oakland won't change for the better until Davis doesn't own the team anymore. Kiffin 'never got a fair chance.'"

Sapp retired after the 2007 season, his fourth in Oakland.

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