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American football - 09 May 2022
Dan Ventrelle, president of the Las Vegas Raiders, of American football's NFL, has left the team less than a year after taking on the role, the second person to vacate the position in the last 10 months.
On Friday (May 6), team owner Mark Davis announced Ventrelle’s departure but did not provide further information as to why he was let go.
However, Ventrelle released a statement hours later alleging he was fired in retaliation for bringing up concerns by multiple employees about hostile workplace conditions within the organization to the NFL.
Ventrelle was named the team’s full-time president following the 2021 season after taking over on an interim basis when Marc Madain resigned last July.
He previously served as the team’s executive vice president and general counsel during the 18 years he spent with the team and played a key role in the team’s relocation from Oakland, California to Las Vegas, Nevada.
In a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Ventrelle is quoted as saying: “I have committed almost 18 years of my life to the success of the Raiders as general counsel and president.
“I take that responsibility very seriously, which is why multiple written complaints from employees that Mark [Davis] created a hostile work environment and engaged in other potential misconduct caused me grave concern.
“When Mark was confronted about these issues, he was dismissive and did not demonstrate the warranted level of concern.
“Soon thereafter, I was fired in retaliation for raising these concerns. I firmly stand by my decision to elevate these issues to protect the organization and its female employees.”
Ventrelle added he has retained counsel and would not provide further comment at this time.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said: “We recently became aware of these allegations and take them very seriously. We will promptly look into the matter.”
Ventrelle’s departure follows a period of executive upheaval since moving to Las Vegas in 2020.
At the time of his resignation in July last year, Badain cited family, the completion of Allegiant Stadium, and a desire for new pursuits after being with the team since 1999 as reasons for his departure.
However, Davis said Badain was among three team employees who left due to “accounting irregularities”, adding the departures were involuntary.
Badain is currently employed by Oak View Group and is leading the construction of an arena for the National Basketball League in Las Vegas.
Raiders’ former head coach Jon Gruden is currently locked in a legal battle with the team and league following his dismissal last year over emails containing racist, homophobic, and misogynistic comments.
Most recently, the Raiders’ chief operations and analytics officer Jeremy Aguero stepped down from the role on Thursday (May 5) after just seven months, while general manager Mike Mayock, hired in 2019, was let go in January.