Jets’ Kearse no fan of Raiders’ home: ‘I hate their field’

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Jer­maine Kearse is no fan of the Oak­land Raiders’ home field.

The New York Jets wide re­ceiver played at Oak­landAlameda County Coli­seum a cou­ple of times while a mem­ber of the Seat­tle Sea­hawks, and there’s one as­pect about it that drives him crazy.

“To be hon­est, I hate their field,” Kearse said with a big smile Wed­nes­day. “I can’t stand that baseball part of the field.”

T h e Raiders share the sta­dium with the Oak­land Ath­let­ics, so when both teams’ sea­sons are un­der­way si­mul­ta­ne­ously — as they are now — the field is con­verted from foot­ball

to baseball, and vice versa. Dur­ing Raiders games, the baseball di­a­mond and in­field dirt can be seen stretch­ing from about the 50-yard line to the 20 on ei­ther side, with the foot­ball yard lines marked off across the field.

Kearse and the Jets will play at Oak­land on Sun­day.

“It comes with it,” said Kearse, who last played there a few weeks ago for a pre­sea­son game with the Sea­hawks be­fore be­ing traded to the Jets. “You just have to tough it up and just go out there and play.”

De­spite that crit­i­cism, Kearse en­joys the at­mos­phere that the cos­tumed crowd — The Black Hole — brings to Raiders home games.

Jets quar­ter­back Josh McCown played for the Raiders in 2007 and has ex­pe­ri­enced it from both sides — as a home player and as a vis­i­tor.

“They love their team and it’s a rowdy at­mos­phere and they are be­hind their guys 100 per­cent,” McCown said.


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