Former Raiders chairman says firing was retaliation for raising concerns about “hostile work environment”

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shaper Las Vegas Raiders Team president Dan Ventrelle made a staggering allegation on Friday, saying he was fired from the organization for raising concerns about a “hostile work environment”.

Raiders owner Mark Davis announced the extraordinary news that Ventrelle was no longer at the front office but no details were released on the decision.

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Dan Ventrelle of the Oakland Raiders speaks to the media on June 5, 2019, at a press conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Dan Ventrelle of the Oakland Raiders speaks to the media on June 5, 2019, at a press conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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Ventrelle made his remarks in a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“When Mark confronted these issues, he was dismissive and didn’t show the level of concern justified,” Ventrelle said. “Given this, I informed the NFL of these issues and Mark’s unacceptable response. Soon after, I was fired in retaliation for raising these concerns. I strongly support my decision to raise these issues to protect the organization and its employees. “.

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Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis before a game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field At Mile High on October 18th. 17, 2021, in Denver.

Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis before a game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field At Mile High on October 18th. 17, 2021, in Denver.
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NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league “has recently become aware of these allegations and takes them very seriously. We will investigate this promptly.”

Las Vegas removed the tentative title tag of Ventrelle in January. He assumed the position of team president in July following the resignation of Mark Badain. Ventrelle served as team president as the Raiders went through a tumultuous few months that saw the arrest of multiple players, prized young receiver Henry Ruggs III involved in a fatal car accident, and Jon Gruden fired over offensive emails.

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis arrives for the NFL football owners meeting in Key Biscayne, Florida on May 22, 2019.
(AP photo / Brynn Anderson, file)

The Raiders have not publicly responded to Ventrelle’s remarks.

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Ventrelle joined the Raiders in 2003 and served as general counsel and executive vice president before taking on the role of president.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.