ALAMEDA — Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski vehemently denied a report in the Florida Times-Union on Thursday that said he roots against the A's each season.
The story said Janikowski confided in Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee about hoping for the A's season to end as soon as possible each year so that he doesn't have to kick off the infield dirt anymore than necessary.
"Whatever he says just blows my mind," Janikowski said of Scobee. "That didn't happen. Hell no. I just want to let you know. ... I kicked 14 years on it, it really doesn't bother me."
Janikowski typically shies away from the media during locker room access. On Thursday, he planted himself in front of his locker and waited for the media.
He stumbled across the report a short time before media access. He said he wasn't pleased.
"I was pissed off," Janikowski said. "That's why I'm talking to you guys. I just want to get that straight."
The story said Janikowski roots against the A's for selfish reasons, for once the A's season ends then the dirt infield gets covered with grass and makes it easier for kickers and other players to perform.
If anything, Janikowski said, kicking off the dirt gives Janikowski and punter Marquette King an edge over their counterparts.
As for the A's, Janikowski said he often attends games, though not as often now that he has two kids.
"If they make the postseason, I'm in," Janikowski said.