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Former Raiders President says firing was due to reporting allegations

Raiders President Dan Ventrelle (r) said he alerted the NFL to concerns of a hostile-work environment within the organizationGetty Images

Former Raiders President Dan Ventrelle said that he was "fired in retaliation" for him alerting the NFL that Owner Mark Davis "ignored concerns that there was a hostile-work environment within the organization,” according to Akers & Bonsignore of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. Ventrelle: "Multiple written complaints from employees that Mark created a hostile work environment and engaged in other potential misconduct caused me grave concern.” He also said that when he confronted Davis about the issues that he was “dismissive of them,” so Ventrelle “took the matter to league officials.” Ventrelle: “(He) did not demonstrate the warranted level of concern. Given this, I informed the NFL of these issues and of Mark’s unacceptable response. Soon thereafter, I was fired in retaliation for raising these concerns. ... I firmly stand by my decision to elevate these issues to protect the organization and its female employees.” In response, Davis said, “I’ve heard about (Ventrelle’s) statement, but I won’t comment on it. The only thing I want made clear is that Dan Ventrelle was never president of the Raiders. He has always been the interim president." Ventrelle's departure “comes on the heels of the sudden announcement” that Raiders Chief Operations & Analytics Officer Jeremy Aguero “resigned Tuesday evening” (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 5/7).

FRESH START: In Las Vegas, Ed Graney wrote one theory behind the "re-organization of the entire franchise occurring" is Davis “wants a clean slate to build the organization more in his own image.” A "sort of reset to the entire thing.” Graney: "One thing is for sure: All doesn’t appear roses out at team headquarters.” There are “more rumors of internal discord” right now (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 5/8).

UNDER INVESTIGATION: In DC, Mark Maske wrote the NFL will “investigate allegations” against the Raiders. NFL VP/Communications Brian McCarthy said, “We will promptly look into the matter” (WASHINGTON POST, 5/8). PRO FOOTBALL TALK's Mike Florio wrote the NFL “should want to get to the bottom” of Ventrelle’s claims (NBCSPORTS.com, 5/6).

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