Davis' plans to move Raiders to L.A. drew death threat in 1980

Al Davis made a few enemies when he owned the Oakland Raiders, and now we know that his long tenure included at least one death threat that was investigated by the FBI.

ABC7 in the Bay Area reported Tuesday that the Oakland Tribune received a note threatening Davis in January 1980, when talk first surfaced that Davis might move the team to Los Angeles.

The letter reads: "Maybe though (sic) the media we can get the word to Al Davis if he moves to L.A. He will not live to see the first game played there. A season ticket holder for 18 years".

The newspaper sent the note, which it did not publish, to the Oakland Police Department and the FBI. The FBI found no fingerprints, and the U.S. Attorney's Office took no further action.

ABC7, which obtained the FBI file through a Freedom of Information Act request, said Davis was staying at Los Angeles' Beverly Wilshire Hotel when he was informed of the threat. The FBI makes no mention of his reaction.

Davis died on Oct. 8 at age 82.

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