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Raiders’ Warren Wells: Did a dangerous cult derail his career?

Whatever happened to Warren Wells?

That question haunted Oakland Raiders fans throughout the 1970s, when the dynamic wide receiver wowed everyone with his electrifying talent, only to suddenly vanish from sight. It wasn’t until last month, when Wells died at the age of 76 in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, that his name sadly resurfaced in national headlines.

“Split End: The Curious Case of Warren Wells” is a revelatory — and heartbreaking — new documentary that attempts to answer the nagging question, but raises even more. It premieres at 7 p.m. Saturday on NBC Bay Area (Channel 11) and will have an encore airing at 8:30 p.