Las Vegas Raiders team president Dan Ventrelle left the organization less than a year after taking office.
Owner Mark Davis announced in a statement Friday that Ventrelle “is no longer part of the Raiders organization,” but did not release any details about the decision.
Ventrelle said in a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he was fired in retaliation for raising several employees’ concerns about a “hostile work environment” with the NFL.
“When Mark was confronted with these issues, he was dismissive and failed to show the level of justified concern,” Ventrelle said in the statement. “In light of this, I notified the NFL of these issues and Mark’s unacceptable response. Shortly thereafter, I was terminated in retaliation for raising these concerns. I stand firm in my decision to raise these concerns. issues to protect the organization and its employees.
The Raiders did not comment on Ventrelle’s statement.
Ventrelle took over as interim team president last July following the resignation of Marc Badain. Ventrelle was promoted to full-time after the season ended in January.
Ventrelle and Badain played key roles in moving the Raiders from Oakland, Calif., to Las Vegas, but both left before the team began its third season in Nevada.
Ventrelle is the latest in a string of senior executives to leave the team over the past year. CFO Ed Villanueva and Comptroller Araxie Grant left with Badain over the summer in what Davis later called an “accounting irregularities” issue.
Three other senior vice presidents also left the team in the past year: Tom Blanda, Mark Shearer and Brandon Doll.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Thursday that operations and analytics director Jeremy Aguero resigned after seven months.
The Raiders have also undergone significant changes on the football side of the organization with the resignation of coach Jon Gruden last October following the publication of offensive emails he sent before taking the job. General manager Mike Mayock was fired after the season.
Despite the turmoil, the Raiders made the playoffs last season for the second time in 19 seasons. Davis solidified the football operations department by hiring Josh McDaniels as head coach and Dave Ziegler as general manager.
Ventrelle joined the Raiders in 2003 and rose through the ranks to general counsel and executive vice president before becoming president.
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