Raiders president Dan Ventrelle says he was fired for Mark Davis misconduct

On Friday morning, the Las Vegas Raiders made one of the most abrupt announcements of a team president’s departure you’ll ever see.

Owner Mark Davis announced that chairman Dan Ventrelle was no longer with the team and declined to provide any reason.

Hours later, Ventrelle offered his side of the story, with troubling allegations about the Raiders and Davis in particular.

In a statement to Mick Akers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Ventrelle claimed he was fired in retaliation for informing the NFL of allegations that Davis created a hostile work environment with other potential misconduct, allegations that Davis reportedly denied. Ventrelle said he had retained an attorney, signaling an upcoming legal battle involving the team.

The full statement:

Today Mark Davis terminated my employment as president of the Las Vegas Raiders. I have dedicated nearly 18 years of my life to the success of the Raiders as general counsel and president. I take this responsibility very seriously, which is why the multiple written complaints from employees that Mark created a hostile work environment and engaged in other potential misconduct have caused me great concern. When Mark was confronted with these issues, he was dismissive and failed to show the level of justified concern. Given this, I informed the NFL of these issues and Mark’s unacceptable response. Shortly after, I was fired in retaliation for raising these concerns.

I firmly stand by my decision to raise these issues to protect the organization and its employees. I remain committed to doing everything in my power to support the Raiders and the Las Vegas community that I now call home. I have retained the services of a lawyer and I have no further comments to make at this time.

The NFL quickly responded to Ventrelle’s claims with a statement confirming that he was aware of the allegations and undertaking to look into them

“We recently became aware of these allegations and take them very seriously,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement Friday night. “We will quickly look into the matter.”

The situation could be the start of yet another scandal for one of the league’s most troubled teams in recent years.

Last year, former Raiders head coach Jon Gruden resigned after a litany of anti-gay and misogynistic emails leaked between him and former Washington Commanders chairman Bruce Allen, a situation that has since seen Gruden take legal action against the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell. .

There was also the tragedy involving catcher Henry Ruggs III, who is still awaiting trial for driving under the influence resulting in death and reckless driving after he allegedly killed a woman and her dog in an accident while in drunk and driving at 156 mph. There were also other player arrests, including former first-round cornerback Damon Arnette and starting running back Josh Jacobs.

Davis has been the primary owner of the Raiders since the death of his father Al in 2011, overseeing zero playoff wins and a move from Oakland to Las Vegas in that time. He also owns the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces.

CINCINNATI, OHIO – JANUARY 15: Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis looks on before the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on January 15, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Mark Davis is facing disturbing allegations from former Raiders president Dan Ventrelle. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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