Davis was quick to burn bridges and unless it benefited him or the Raiders he counldn't have cared less... In the world of professional sports you have to work together for the common good of the game. Davis had his own ideas and went that route the idea of being a Maverick was something he enjoyed. I don't think people really hated Davis the man, what they hated was the personna and the disdain he had towards the league, some other owners and obviously the press. Just like some fans on this site are quick to use the word hate for those of us who did not support Davis 100% the last 25 years. I admired Davis, respected him, but did not agree about how he ran the franchise... merely differences of opinion.
"You can't Appoint, Hire, or Declare Leadership" ~ Sonny Barger
"Al Davis thought all owners were dilettantes with a new toy. He said to me many times through the years that owners are often the problem with their franchises, that too many of them think they can run things when they cannot, and the teams that succeed are the ones where the owner hires the best people he can and turns the game over to them."