Russell is persona non grata in Oakland

You might conclude, by JaMarcus Russell‘s ill-fated stint with the Raiders, that the former first-overall selection did not have the heart of a champion.

But he apparently has guts.

Russell attended the WBA super middleweight title fight between Andre Ward-Allan Green on Saturday night. The fight was held in Oakland at the Oracle Arena.

Russell arrived late and apparently tried to camouflage himself in Alabama gear (strange considering that he played at LSU) and sunglasses. But Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times notes that the astute Raiders fans sniffed him out.

    The boos started growing as an usher helped Russell find his seats. A Raiders fan wearing a crisp, new Rolando McClain jersey (No. 55), stood up and began taunting Russell, asking him for his money back on his season tickets. He’ll have to get in line, given that Al Davis wants $9.55 million of money he paid out to Russell as part of a grievance.

Showing up in Oakland after his flameout with the Raiders shows that he might have more guts than brains. Like if BP chief executive Tony Hayward showed up on the Bayou and ordered some shrimp.

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