Rickey Henderson: Raiders’ decision to leave Oakland ‘hurt my heart’

Posted: 04/04/2017 in MLB, NFL, Sports
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The Oakland Raiders found a way to break the stolen base king’s heart.

Rickey Henderson, who starred for the Oakland Athletics in three different stints during his Hall of Fame career, denounced the Raiders’ relocation to Las Vegas.

The Raiders will remain in Oakland for the next two seasons, but Henderson, an avid Raiders fan, became the latest athlete to speak out against the team’s imminent move.

“I’m a Raiders season-ticket holder so that hurt my heart that they have to leave,” Henderson said via ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “I thought that Oakland was their base, their most popular fans. I think the fans were behind them 100 percent. For us to leave once, then come back … and leave again, I think it’s hurting us a lot more.”

Henderson was a pivotal member of the A’s 1989 World Series victory and captured AL MVP honors the following season. The franchise eventually retired his No. 24.

City officials valiantly attempted to keep the team in Oakland, but Raiders owner Mark Davis never appeared receptive to the notion. The all-time leader in stolen bases acknowledged that the relocation was likely a business decision, although he didn’t appear to be at ease.

“I’m really disappointed that the city and the Raiders didn’t get together and work out a deal, as far as keeping the team here,” he said. “But a lot of time, that comes behind business. If it’s not working for one another, they’re going to move, so I think that’s what the Raiders did.”


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