Raiders chief Dan Ventrell says he was fired for misconduct by Mark Davis

On Friday morning, the Las Vegas Raiders made one of the most surprising departures for a head coach you’ll ever see.

Owner Mark Davis announced that President Dan Ventrell is no longer with the team and declined to provide any reason for it.

Hours later, Ventrell offered his side of the story, complete with disturbing allegations about the Raiders and Davis in particular.

In a statement to Mick Akers from The Las Vegas ReviewVentrelle claimed he was fired in retaliation for reporting to the NFL allegations that Davis had created a hostile work environment with other potential misconduct, allegations that Davis denied. Ventrell said he has hired a counsel, which indicates an upcoming legal battle involving the team.

Full statement:

Today, Mark Davis has finished my job 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 have created a hostile work environment and have engaged in other potential misconduct has caused me great concern. When confronted with Mark about these issues, he was dismissive and did not show the required level of concern. Given this, I reported these issues to the NFL and Mark’s unacceptable response. Shortly thereafter, I was fired in retaliation for raising these concerns.

I strongly support my decision to bring these cases to protect the organization and its female employees. I remain committed to doing everything in my power to support the Conquerors and the Las Vegas community I call home now. I hired a lawyer and I will have no further comment at this time.

The NFL quickly responded to Ventrell’s allegations with statement She confirmed her knowledge of the allegations and pledged to look into them

“We were recently made aware of these allegations and are taking them seriously,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement released Friday night. “We will look into it immediately.”

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

Last year saw the resignation of former Raiders coach John Gruden after a series of anti-gay and anti-women emails were leaked between him and former Washington president Bruce Allen, a situation that has since seen Gruden sued the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell. .

There was also tragedy related to the far-flung future Henry Roges III, who is still awaiting trial on charges of driving under the influence resulting in death and reckless driving after killing a woman and her dog in a crash while drunk and driving 156 mph. There have been other player arrests as well, including former first-round linebacker Damon Arnett and starting running back Josh Jacobs.

Davis has been the Raiders’ principal owner since his father Al’s death in 2011, overseeing a no-game winning streak and a move from Oakland to Las Vegas at the time. He also owns the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA.

Mark Davis faces some troubling allegations from former Raiders boss Dan Ventrell. (Photo by Dylan Boyle/Getty Images)

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