Raiders' Mark Davis: Ken Stabler's family should get ring, jacket

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis says he has been working behind the scenes trying to reverse the Pro Football Hall of Fame's policy of issuing a ring or gold jacket only in the case of living inductees.

The effort comes after the daughter of the late Ken Stabler shed light via social media on her family being denied either item by the Hall of Fame because Stabler was enshrined posthumously.

"No way I should have my dad's ring and Bruce Allen doesn't have his dad's," Davis said in a telephone interview. "No way I should have my dad's ring and Junior Seau's family doesn't have his. Same with Dick Stanfell's family, and Kenny's family.

"The guys earned it and their families should get to enjoy it. This is an injustice that has to be rectified."

Davis' late father, Al Davis, was enshrined in Canton in 1990 and thus received all the accoutrements afforded a living Hall of Famer. The younger Davis had the items passed down to him upon his father's death in 2011.

It was this summer when Mark Davis was planning a ring ceremony at a Raiders game that he was made aware of the Hall's policy to not present a ring or jacket to the family of members selected after death.

According to Kendra Stabler-Moyes, whose answer to a tweet on Thursday night set off the tempest, Stabler's longtime girlfriend, Kim Ross-Bush, was given an explanation by Hall president David Baker.

"She was told the Hall did not want families fighting over it or selling it," Stabler-Moyes said in a phone interview with ESPN. "That is the biggest cop-out -- a poor excuse.

"It's nobody's business what families do behind closed doors."

The Hall did not reply immediately for a comment, though Hall communications officer Joe Horrigan told the San Jose Mercury-News in an email "the Hall of Fame has never presented either of these two personal items posthumously."

Stabler-Moyes did confirm the family received a framed Hall of Fame crest that is emblazoned on the gold jackets.

Her twin sons, high school seniors Jack and Justin, represented their grandfather in Canton.

Stabler-Moyes started the controversy unintentionally when she answered a question from an anonymous Twitter follower.

"I guess I'm tired of being quiet," she said. "And this is not just about my dad; it's about all the families that are affected by this."

Her family, she said, was grateful Stabler received his due this summer, but it was bittersweet because it came more than a year after he died from cancer and after his brain was found to have the byproducts of chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

"The hits just keep on coming," she said. "That's the story of my dad's life. Just another third-and-long for him."