ALAMEDA, Calif. – Former Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable has filed a grievance to recover $120,000 that the team fined him during the final year of his contract.
A person familiar with the fines spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. The story was first reported by ESPN.
The person did not say why the Raiders withheld the money from Cable's paychecks. ESPN reported owner Al Davis was upset that the Raiders lost two days of organized team activities in June for violating NFL rules.
The grievance eventually will be heard by an arbitrator appointed by commissioner Roger Goodell.
Raiders senior executive John Herrera and NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined comment.
The Raiders recently won a grievance filed by Kiffin, who was seeking more than $300,000 in lost wages after he was fired for cause in September 2008. Kiffin was fired in his second season because of what Davis described as acts of insubordination and lying by the coach.
The Raiders announced on Jan. 4 that they would not exercise a $5 million, two-year option to keep Cable as coach. He went 17-27 in two-plus seasons after replacing the fired Lane Kiffin early in the 2008 season.
Cable did not keep his job despite leading the Raiders to an 8-8 finish in 2010. That marked the first time Oakland did not lose at least 11 games in a season since winning the 2002 AFC championship.
The Raiders have begin the search for Cable's replacement, with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson the leading contender to get the job.