Lawyer speaks out on Las Vegas Raiders’ Mark Davis vs. Dan Ventrelle
HENDERSON, Nev.—Las Vegas Raiders Mark Davis named Dan Ventrelle interim president of his franchise last summer.
On Friday, Davis released this statement: “Dan Ventrelle is no longer part of the Raiders organization. We will have no further comments at this time. »
On Friday afternoon, Ventrelle texted the Las Vegas Review-Journal and released this statement: “I have dedicated nearly 18 years of my life to the success of the Raiders as general counsel and president,” said Belly. “I take this responsibility very seriously, which is why the multiple written complaints from employees that Mark created a hostile work environment and engaged in other potential misconduct have me very concerned.”
Ventrelle claims he confronted Davis, who didn’t address the issue in a way he thought he should. So Ventrelle then approached the NFL.
“(He) has not demonstrated the justified level of concern,” Ventrelle added. “Given this, I informed the NFL of these issues and Mark’s unacceptable response. Shortly thereafter, I was fired in retaliation for raising these concerns.
Ventrelle’s comments later led to the NFL becoming involved. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy got this response from the NFL. “We recently became aware of these allegations and take them very seriously. We will quickly look into the matter. »
We reached out to one of the strongest lawyers in the country who handles many of the biggest cases like this. Although they are not involved in this case, they felt the need to comment only on condition of anonymity. They said, “Mark Davis is many things; dumb is not one of them.
He is a wise man and relies on good advice. While I cannot attest to his former employee’s allegations, as a lawyer I would not have advised him to fire a whistleblower with substantive complaints.
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Although he is unaware of the case, it would seem that Mr. Dais is not concerned as a foreigner. It would make me think, as in the case of the Duke Lacrosse team, and make me want to remind people of the innocent until proven guilty paradigm of our nation’s justice system.
Sam Mirejovsky of Sam and Ash in Las Vegas told me exclusively this morning: “I think your contact is absolutely right. Everything I’ve witnessed with the Raiders, and Mark Davis in particular, is a very cautious and deliberate approach to the big issues. They certainly faced big problems. They seem to weigh things very carefully and take the advice of good lawyers.
Mirejovsky added: “I know some of the lawyers who work with the Raiders organization and Mark Davis and they are extremely smart and capable people. No lawyer worth their salt is going to recommend that a very large, reliable organization like the Raiders not take a legitimate case seriously. For me, everyone needs to hold their horses here a bit and wait to see what the investigation will show.
We do not reject Ventrelle’s claim at all. The legal process will determine guilt or innocence, but what we are saying is that a set of legal minds believe, at least tentatively, that there may be more smoke than fire.
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