Dan Ventrelle fired as president of the Las Vegas Raiders, says owner Mark Davis ignored complaints of hostile work environment

Davis did not provide a reason for the termination in the statement, which was posted on the NFL team Twitter account.

“Dan Ventrelle is no longer with the Raiders organization,” Davis said in the statement. “We will have no further comments at this time.”

However, in a statement sent by text message to Las Vegas Review Journal On Friday afternoon, Ventrelle said he was fired in retaliation for informing the league of alleged complaints that Davis had created a hostile work environment and other potential misconduct, which he said Davis rejected.

“I have devoted nearly 18 years of my life to the Raiders’ success as general counsel and president. I take this responsibility very seriously, which is why numerous written complaints from employees that Mark has created a hostile work environment and engaged in other potential misconduct has caused me serious concern, ”Ventrelle told the Review-Journal.

When confronted about the issues, Davis was “dismissive of not demonstrating the level of concern justified,” Ventrelle said.

“Given this, I informed the NFL of these issues and Mark’s unacceptable response. Right after that, I was fired in retaliation for raising these concerns,” he said, noting that he was true to his decision.

“I remain committed to doing everything in my power to support the Raiders and the Las Vegas community that I now call home,” said Ventrelle, adding that he “kept the advice and will have no further comment at this time.”

When asked by the Review-Journal about Ventrelle’s allegations, Davis said he was aware of them and would not comment.

“The only thing I want to make clear is that Dan Ventrelle was never president of the Raiders. He’s always been the interim president,” Davis told the Review-Journal.

“The interim has always been a temporary designation to determine if he would be the president (full time) or not. I want to make it clear: he is not the president of the Las Vegas Raiders. He never was. I think there is a misunderstanding about that, “added Davis.

Neither Ventrelle nor the Raiders organization responded to CNN’s request for comment.

The NFL said it was aware of the allegations and would review them.

“We recently became aware of these allegations and take them very seriously,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement on CNN on Saturday. “We will investigate the matter promptly.”

CNN could not independently confirm what led to Ventrelle’s firing and contacted the NFL for further comment.

Ventrelle, 46, was named president of the Raiders ahead of the 2021 season. He joined the organization in 2003 and served as executive vice president and general counsel prior to his promotion last year.

Over the past year, former Raiders head coach Jon Gruden resigned after reports surfaced of him using homophobic, racist and misogynistic language in emails while working as an ESPN analyst. He apologized, saying that he “never meant to hurt anyone”.

Wayne Sterling of CNN contributed to the report.