Dan Ventrelle says Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis ignored allegations of hostile work environment and ousted him when he went to the NFL

Dan Ventrelle, whose abrupt departure as Las Vegas Raiders team president was announced in a statement by owner Mark Davis on Friday, released his own statement later alleging he was fired in retaliation for raised concerns among several employees about hostile working conditions within the organization. the NFL.

“I take this responsibility very seriously, which is why multiple written complaints from employees that Mark [Davis] created a hostile work environment and engaged in other potential misconduct caused me great concern,” Ventrelle said in a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “When Mark was confronted with these issues, he was dismissive and failed to demonstrate the level of justified concern.

“Shortly thereafter, I was terminated in retaliation for raising these concerns. I stand firm in my decision to raise these issues to protect the organization and its employees.”

Ventrelle added that he has retained an attorney and would not provide further comment at this time.

The Raiders didn’t say why Ventrelle was fired when they announced his departure earlier Friday. They did not comment on Ventrelle’s statement.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league “recently became aware of these allegations and takes them very seriously. We will quickly review the matter.”

Ventrelle’s departure continues a certain sense of palace intrigue within the Raiders’ organization, as it has undergone huge upheaval since moving to Southern Nevada from Oakland in 2020.

He was named full-time team president after the 2021 season after taking over on an interim basis when Marc Badain stepped down last July. Ventrelle previously served as the team’s executive vice president and general counsel and had been with the team for 18 years.

Badain cited family, the completion of Allegiant Stadium and a desire for new pursuits after being with the team since 1991, as reasons for his resignation.

Additionally, the Raiders also saw the departures on the business side of chief financial officer Ed Villanueva (18), senior vice president of strategy and business development Brandon Doll (8) and controller Araxie Grant (20 months). ‘last summer.

On the football side, coach Jon Gruden, who signed a 10-year contract in 2018, resigned on October 11, following his email scandal. General manager Mike Mayock, hired in 2019, was fired in January.

Davis then hired coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler.

Jeremy Aguero resigned as the Raiders’ director of operations and analysis Thursday after just seven months, he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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