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Dan Ventrelle, whose abrupt resignation as Las Vegas Raiders team president was announced in a statement by owner Mark Davis on Friday, released his own statement later, claiming he was fired in retaliation for bringing concerns from several employees about hostile working conditions. in the organization to the NFL.
“I take that responsibility very seriously, and that’s why several written complaints from employees that Mark (Davis) was creating a hostile work environment and engaging in other potential misconduct caused me serious concern,” Ventrelle said in a statement. to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. . “When Mark was confronted with these issues, he was dismissive and did not show the justified level of concern.
“Shortly afterwards, I was fired in retaliation for raising these concerns. I stand by my decision to raise these issues to protect the organization and its female employees.”
Ventrelle added that he has retained attorney and will not comment further at this time.
The Raiders did not say why Ventrelle was released when they announced his departure earlier Friday. The Raiders had no comment on Ventrelle’s statement, according to the Associated Press.
Ventrelle’s departure continues a certain sense of palace intrigue in the Raiders organization as it has undergone massive upheavals since moving to southern Nevada from Oakland in 2020.
He was named the team’s full – time president after the 2021 season after taking over on a temporary basis when Marc Badain resigned in July last year. Ventrelle has previously served as the team’s executive vice president and general counsel and had been on the team for 18 years.
Badain mentioned the family, the completion of the Allegiant Stadium and the desire for new pursuits after being with the team since 1991 as reasons for his resignation.
In addition, the Raiders also saw departures on the business side of Chief Financial Officer Ed Villanueva (18 years), senior vice president of strategy and business development Brandon Doll (8 years) and controller Araxie Grant (20 months) last summer.
On the football side, coach Jon Gruden, who had signed a 10-year contract in 2018, said his resignation on October 11 in the wake of his email scandal. General manager Mike Mayock, hired in 2019, was released in January.
Davis then raided the New England Patriots to hire coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler.
Jeremy Aguero resigned Thursday as the Raiders’ chief operations and analytics officer after just seven months, he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.