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NFL to investigate Raiders workplace allegations

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The NFL announced Friday that it will investigate allegations against the Las Vegas Raiders and their owner, Mark Davis, related to workplace issues.

The allegations were made by Dan Ventrelle, who said he was fired Friday by Davis as team president.

“We recently became aware of these allegations and take them very seriously,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a written statement. “We will quickly look into the matter.”

Ventrelle shared his allegations in a statement at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

He told the newspaper that “multiple written complaints from employees that Mark created a hostile work environment and engaged in other potential misconduct have me very concerned.”

Ventrelle did not respond to an emailed message seeking further comment.

“When Mark was confronted with these issues, he was dismissive and failed to show the level of justified concern,” he said in his statement to the Review-Journal. “Given this, I have 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 issues to protect the organization and its employees.

Ventrelle said he has retained an attorney and “will have no further comment at this time.”

The Raiders did not respond to a request for comment.

Earlier Friday, Davis said in a report dropped by the team: “Dan Ventrelle is no longer part of the Raiders organization. We will have no further comments at this time. »

The NFL’s latest investigation into a team’s labor issues will come with the league conducting its second investigation related to sexual harassment allegations involving Washington commanders. Owner Daniel Snyder denied accusations made against him in February by former cheerleader and team marketing executive Tiffani Johnston before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

The league is also investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was traded from the Houston Texans to the Cleveland Browns this offseason.

Watson has not been charged with a crime but faces allegations in 22 active civil lawsuits brought by women. He denied the charges.