Las Vegas Raiders report: Ex Raiders president says he was fired for being a whistleblower

Former Las Vegas Raiders team president Dan Ventrelle was let go by Raiders owner Mark Davis said he was fired for reporting Davis and the Raiders to the NFL for a hostile work environment that Davis showed little concern for regarding the complaint. (file photo from The Legal 500)

By Rich Perez

LAS VEGAS–On Friday Las Vegas owner Mark Davis had announced that team President Dan Ventrelle had left the Raiders and that Davis did not give a reason for the departure. Ventrelle was a little more vocal than the Davis’ statement saying he was no longer with the organization because he raised “hostile work environment” issues at the Raiders to the attention of the NFL.

Ventrelle had received complaints from employees about a hostile work environment at the Raiders and when the employees came back to Ventrelle again and again with complaints Ventrelle tried to get those issues to the attention of Davis who what Ventrelle told the Las Vegas Review-Journal “he was dismissive and did not demonstrate the warranted level of concern.”

Ventrelle had no other choice but to give it to the attention of the NFL offices saying, “Given, this, I informed the NFL of these issues and of Mark’s unacceptable response. Soon thereafter, I was fired in retaliation for raising those concerns. I firmly stand by my decision to elevate these issues to protect the organization and it’s female employees.”

Ventrelle was trying to protect the Raiders from any legal trouble and this was the same season (2021) where former Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has been fired for racial slurs, homophobic, and misogynistic slurs found on emails that Gruden had sent to former Washington Commanders president Bruce Allen.

When the story broke Davis had no choice but to let Gruden go. Gruden has since filed a lawsuit against the NFL saying the NFL forced him out at the Raiders. Ventrelle said he was trying to do the right thing by getting harassment in the work place under control and NFL spokeman Brian McCarthy said he is aware of the allegations and assures that the NFL will investigate.

Over the past year the Raiders have seen high level executives leave the team, Chief Financial Officer Ed Villanueva and controller Araxie Grant left with former team businessman Brian Badain. That’s a lot of top brass leaving all at the same time which Davis saying the reasons were “accounting irregularities.”

Rich Perez is a Las Vegas Raiders beat writer at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Taking a look at Raiders, 49ers, and the NFL No.1 draft pick

The Las Vegas Raiders in the NFL draft selected in the third round No.90 offensive linebacker Dylan Parham out of Memphis University (file photo from Icon Sportswire)

Headline Sports with Tony R:

#1 Tony taking a quick review regarding some the NFL draft picks. We’ll start with the Las Vegas Raiders their Round 3 No.90 overall the Raiders selected offensive linebacker Dylan Parham out of Memphis. The Raiders were really looking for help on their offensive line how much does Parham compliment John Simpson and Alex Leatherwood.

#2 The Raiders in round 4 selected No.122 overall pick Zamir White a running back out of Georgia. The Raiders who refused to pick up Josh Jacobs fifth year option and the Raiders having Kenyan Drake, Brandon Bolden, and Ameer Abdullah. The Raiders selecting White has speed at 4.49 in 40 time.

#3 Tony, wanted to ask you about the San Francisco 49ers selecting Mr. Mr. Irrelevant quarterback Brock Purdy out of Iowa. Purdy threw for 12,170 yards, 993 completions, 81 touchdowns Purdy was the 49ers final selection at the No.262 overall pick. Will the 49ers look to Purdy as backup hopeful in the event that they could deal quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

#4 In the second round No.61 overall pick the 49ers selected Drake Jackson a defensive end from USC. The 49ers are looking to make Jackson an effective pass rusher with Nick Bosa. Both Bosa and Jackson will command speed and that’s something that 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch were looking for.

#5 Tony wanted to talk to you about the first round No.1 NFL draft pick from Georgia, outside linebacker Travon Walker who was selected by the Jackson Jaguars last Thursday. Walker with 9.5 sacks for an average of 13 yard loses. Talk about how big Walker will be for the on the Jaguars line.

Join Tony Renteria for Headline Sports Tuesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor special NFL Draft edition

Drake Jackson one of the San Francisco 49ers top picks at the defensive end position was the 49ers Round 2, No.61 pick in the 2022 NFL draft out of USC (USA Today file photo)

David goes over the 49ers top four picks and quarterback Brock Purdy who was selected by the 49ers in the seventh round and No.262. Dave will analyze each of the players listed below from the 49ers draft this week:

Drake Jackson Round 2, No.61 overall: Drake Jackson defensive end; 2022 season 66 tackles, 7 sacks, one forced fumble, three deflected passes.

Tyrion Davis-Price Round 3, No.93 overall: running back LSU 1,744 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns 

Danny Gray Round 3, No.10 overall Danny Gray wide receiver SMU: 1251 yards, 15.3 average, 13 touchdowns

Spencer Burford offensive line UTSA Round 4, No.134

Brock Purdy quarterback Iowa State Round 7 No.262 overall

David Zizmor does the 49ers podcasts during the regular season for http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Samuel looking for an extension; FTC looking to investigate Commanders for improprieties

On Headlines with Tony R:

#1 The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel who is up for an extension is sitting out on field workouts which starts this coming Tue Apr 26. Samuel is looking for a new deal.

#2 Samuel knows it’s a bidding war as NFL wide receivers are at a premium. For example the Raiders signed wide receiver Davante Adams to a five year deal for $140 million.

#3 Samuel has a $50,000 bonus if he shows up for workouts. If he doesn’t he could be fined up to $100,000 for not attending mandatory mini camp.

#4 Tony, the Washington Commanders have denied allegations by the Federal Trade Commission that they were involved in financial impropriety which included, deceptive business practices over a ten year period, withholding ticket revenue from visiting teams, and refundable deposits from fans.

#5 The Commanders also are not cooperating in the FTC investigation. The FTC has over 80 pages of signed affidavits, emails, text messages as evidence against the Commanders.

Join Tony R on his usual day to podcast Headline Sports every Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Super Bowl LVI podcast with Charlie O: Rams have homefield; Bengals looking to win their first Super Bowl

Super Bowl LVI to be held at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles with kick off at 3:00pm PST between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams on Sun Feb 13, 2022 (image from Wikipedia)

On the Super Bowl LVI podcast with Charlie O:

#1 Charlie the last time the Los Angeles Rams were in the Super Bowl they got laid out by the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady in 2019 some three years ago. Are these Rams much more equipped and ready for today’s game than they were in 2019?

#2 Talk about the advantages the Rams have playing in their own stadium, the Rams even got to practice in the Southland for the last two weeks never leaving California how is that for another advantage?

#3 Charlie, the Cincinnati Bengals make their third Super Bowl appearance the last time they were here was in 1988 and 1982 before that losing both times to the San Francisco 49ers.

#4 The Bengals are looking for that first Super Bowl win in franchise history and they have confidence with quarterback Joe Burrow on their side whose pulled a rabbit out of the hat four out the last five games to get here.

#5 Lastly NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says that diversity in the NFL needs to improve when that will happen on the head coaching level is anyone’s guess. The NFL is trying to push for Byron Allen to become the first black NFL owner who is trying to purchase the Denver Broncos.

Charlie O does Headline Sports every other Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Super Bowl LVI podcast with Jessica Kwong: Can Bengals beat the odds; Rams Stafford key in guiding Rams to big game

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow shakes fans hands after the Bengals advanced to Super Bowl LVI. The Bengals had defeated the Kansas City Chiefs on Sun Jan 30, 2022 in the AFC Championship. (AP News photo)

On the Super Bowl LVI podcast with Jessica:

#1 Jessica, the Cincinnati Bengals (13-7) coming into Sunday’s Super Bowl have won four out of their last five games wins that got them to the Super Bowl a lot of the credit has been going to quarterback Joe Burrow who has led the club into the red zone and executing the score.

#2 It’s been a long while since the Bengals have got to the Super Bowl the last time they were here was in 1988 and before that in 1982 both times they faced the San Francisco 49ers (12-8) and lost this Sunday they want to be able to hoist that trophy.

#3 Jessica in that last Bengals game for the AFC Championship they just edged one of the league’s best the Kansas City Chiefs (14-6) in a three point 27-24 win. A win that really demonstrates the poise of this team to get this far.

#4 The Los Angeles Rams are coming off a three game winning streak entering Super Bowl LVI this Sunday. They narrowly beat the 49ers 20-17 for the NFC Championship title. The Rams last Super Bowl appearance was in 2019 and are looking to capture a win in this Super Bowl.

#5 Jessica, talk about Rams quarterback Matt Stafford who went 31-45 for 337 yards, and two touchdowns in that win against the 49ers. After 16 years with the Detroit Lions and in his second year with the Rams he takes them to the Super Bowl.

Join Jessica every other Wednesday for Headline Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Super Bowl LVI podcast with Tony Renteria: Rams feeling right at home for Sunday’s big game

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matt Stafford throws a first half pass against the San Francisco 49ers on Sun Jan 30, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles during the NFC Championship (AP News photo)

On the Super Bowl LVI podcast with Tony R:

#1 Tony, the Los Angeles Rams will feel right at home for this Super Bowl it’s the first time a team will be playing in their very own stadium for a Super Bowl. The closest that happened was when the San Francisco 49ers played at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto against the Miami Dolphins but it wasn’t their real stadium which was Candlestick Park at the time.

#2 Tony, the Cincinnati Bengals (13-7) coming into Sunday’s Super Bowl have won four out of their last five games wins that got them to the Super Bowl a lot of the credit has been going to quarterback Joe Burrow who has led the club into the red zone and executing the score.

#3 It’s been a long while since the Bengals have got to the Super Bowl the last time they were here was in 1988 and before that in 1982 both times they faced the San Francisco 49ers (12-8) and lost this Sunday they want to be able to hoist that trophy.

#4 Tony, in that last Bengals game for the AFC Championship they just edged one of the league’s best the Kansas City Chiefs (14-6) in a three point 27-24 win. A win that really demonstrates the poise of this team to get this far.

#5 The Los Angeles Rams are coming off a three game winning streak entering Super Bowl LVI this Sunday. They narrowly beat the 49ers 20-17 for the NFC Championship title. The Rams last Super Bowl appearance was in 2019 and are looking to capture a win in this Super Bowl.

#6 Tony, talk about Rams quarterback Matt Stafford who went 31-45 for 337 yards, and two touchdowns in that win against the 49ers. After 16 years with the Detroit Lions and in his second year with the Rams he takes them to the Super Bowl.

Join Tony each week for the Sacramento Kings podcasts Thursdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

AFC hangs on to win Pro Bowl 41-35

AFC quarterback Justin Herbert (10) of the Los Angeles Chargers and AFC defensive end Maxx Crosby (98), of the Las Vegas Raiders were named the offensive and defensive MVPs Sun Feb 6, 2022 Pro Bowl at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sunday, February 6, 2022

In a game plagued by sloppy play, the AFC hung on for a 41-35 win over the NFC in the annual Pro Bowl, played in Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

The all-star teams from both conferences combined for eight turnovers, seven of them on interceptions. Six of the miscues occurred in the first half.

Justin Herbert was voted most outstanding player of the game. The Los Angeles Chargers’ signalcaller completed 7 of 11 passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

The AFC pulled away in the second half by scoring 13 straight points, opening a 20-point lead. An interception thrown by Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers provided the NFC with a chance to cut its deficit to six.

But on the AFC’s next drive, Mac Jones of New England completed a fourth-down pass to Najee Harris of Pittsburgh to maintain a game-ending drive.

Neither team was successful running the ball. The NFC ran eight times for one net yard, while the AFC gained 52 rushing yards on 21 attempts.

The AFC and NFC threw a combined 92 passes. The only player to throw a pass that wasn’t intercepted was Stefon Diggs of Buffalo, who also ran for a touchdown.

There were two pick-6’s – one by Darius Leonard of Indianapolis and the other by Antoine Winfield Jr. of Tampa Bay. Leonard intercepted Kyler Murray of Arizona for his TD, while Winfield picked off Patrick Mahomes of Kansas City to get his score.

Murray was 18 of 27 for 160 yards and three touchdowns. Jones finished 16 of 32 for 112 yards, one touchdown and one interception. No field goals were attempted.

The winning share for the AFC players is $80,000 per player, while the NFC players each received $40,000.

Super Bowl LVI podcast with Bruce Magowan: Bengals Burrow has come a long way; Rams Stafford has waited 16 years for this

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (left) and Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matt Stafford (right) will be battling it out for the Vince Lombardi Trophy Sun Feb 13, 2022 in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles (image by Fox News)

On the Super Bowl LVI podcast with Bruce:

#1 Bruce, the Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matt Stafford had himself a season after spending 16 consecutive seasons with the Detroit Lions that never even sniffed the Super Bowl Stafford goes to Los Angeles and leads them under center and into the Super Bowl in his first year in LA.

#2 The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow who guided the Bengals into the post season on a cliffhanger ending the regular and playoffs games winning the last six of seven games. Now Burrow guides the Bengals into the Super Bowl he’s been quite a story.

#3 So Bruce next Sunday is the big day just wanted to get your prediction as the Cincinnati Bengals who have not been in the big game in decades since 1988 and the Los Angeles Rams who were there in 2019.

Join Bruce every other Sunday for Headline Sports podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Super Bowl LVI podcast with Tony Renteria: Joe Burrow gets some lift off as Bengals prepare against Rams

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) gets some lift off from teammate Tyler Shelvin after the AFC Championship game on Sun Jan 30, 2022 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City (AP News photo)

On the Super Bowl LVI podcast with Tony Renteria:

#1 Tony the Cincinnati Bengals lots of hard work to get here winning six of their last seven games and Joe Burrow under center talk about the hard work ethic of Burrow and the Bengals to get this far.

#2 The Bengals in that last game against the Kansas City Chiefs a nail biter and Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes is no easy customer but once again the Bengals and Burrow persevered.

#3 Tony, talk about the job that Bengals wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Samaje Perine have done. Each player caught a touchdown pass against the Chiefs last Sunday.

#4 The Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matt Stafford has come a long way 12 years with the Detroit Lions long and suffering and gets a shot at the Super Bowl in his first year under center with the Rams.

#5 Tony how much is it an advantage for the Rams playing in their own stadium SoFi in the Southland it really seems like a custom made situation for the Rams?

Join Tony Renteria for the Super Bowl podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com