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

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Raiders hire new coach Patriots Josh McDaniels and GM Dave Ziegler

Former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels looks onto the field during Nov 14, 2021 game at Foxborough has been hired as the Las Vegas Raiders new head coach as of Sun Jan 30, 2022 (AP News file photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 Rich, the Las Vegas Raiders have made big news on Sunday hiring a new general manager Dave Ziegler and a new head coach Josh McDaniels. Both men come from the New England Patriots. Zeigler was head of player personnel and McDaniels was offensive coordinator at the Patriots.

#2 Ziegler replaces former Raiders general manager Mike Mayock who was fired in early January. McDaniels was also head coach at the Denver Broncos for two seasons 2009 and 2010. McDaniels replaces interim head coach Rich Bisaccia.

#3 Rich, Coach Bisaccia led the Raiders to their second post season in 19 years and at the end of the season the Raiders had won four of their last five games before being eliminated in the AFC Wild Card game by the Cincinnati Bengals.

#4 Bisaccia is a free agent and the Chicago Bears are interested in hiring Bisaccia as special teams coach and will work under Bears head coach Matt Eberflus who was hired on Thursday by the Bears.

#5 Rich, McDaniels comes from the Patriots where he was offensive coordinator there since 2012 and under head coach Bill Belichick. So McDaniels had some good mentoring under Belichick all those years.

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

AFC Wild Card playoffs: Raiders fall a touchdown short as Bengals eliminate Las Vegas 26-19 at Paul Brown

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) looking to find a receiver as he prepares to throw against the Las Vegas Raiders at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati Sat Jan 15, 2022 in the AFC Wild Card game (AP News photo)

By Rich Perez

Las Vegas Raiders beat writer

It was a heartbreaker the Las Vegas Raiders (10-8) in the AFC Wild Card game. In the first half the Raiders couldn’t take a lead into the dressing room at the half with the halftime score at 20-13 and it was all defense. Both teams in the second half didn’t score much and the Raiders could only muster up two field goals. The Cincinnati Bengals (11-7) scored six points in the fourth quarter and it was enough for the win. The Bengals pulled ahead in the fourth quarter with six points and a 26-19 victory to advance to the next round of the playoffs.

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow led the Bengals on offensive scoring on six drives, Burrow threw for two touchdowns and kicker Evan McPherson kicked for four field goals not bad for the rookie in a pressure game like the AFC Playoffs and helped the Bengals get a victory over the Raiders.

It was the Bengals first post season win in 31 years and after eight consecutive playoff defeats to finally pick up a post season victory. The Raiders had brought the ball up to the Bengals nine yard line on fourth down Carr got picked off by the Bengals Germaine Pratt in a crucial turnover that costed if not for the pickoff Carr and the Raiders could have possibly got that crucial touchdown that would have made all the difference.

The Bengals got some plays that should have been called for penalties where the officials should have thrown a flag but did not and allowed Burrow to throw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyler Boyd that could have been called back.

The Raiders have not been to the playoffs since 2016 when they lost to the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round. The Raiders who had lost five of six games previous to going on that four game win streak just got into the post season with the win streak. The last time the Raiders advanced in the post season was back in 2002 when they won the AFC Championship and got into the Super Bowl.

What really hurt the Raiders was the Bengals scored a perfect four for four in scoring drives in the first half and that really took the Raiders out of their game. There was one play where the official blew the whistle and thought Burrow had rolled to his right and called him out of bounds but the play was able to count. Burrow later threw a ten yard pass to wide receiver Tyler Boyd who caught it in the back of the end zone to put the Bengals up 20-6.

The Raiders had argued on the play that it should not have counted and the ball should have been returned to where it was previously spotted. Burrow threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns. The Bengals are having such a good season it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them advance again no matter who they play next.

Rich Perez was the Raiders beat writer for the 2021-22 Raiders season for http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria: Raiders meet Bengals for second time this season; AFC Wild Card round kicks off Saturday in Cincinnati

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr throws against the Los Angeles Chargers defense in the first half at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday Night Football Jan 9, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Tony R:

#1 First of all Tony it’s just incredible how the Las Vegas Raiders (10-7) were able to edge out the Los Angeles Chargers (9-8) on Sunday Night Football 35-32 in overtime.

#2 The game was a close one, a cliffhanger, a nail biter, with the score tied at 32-32 the Raiders pulled it off in overtime to get kicker Daniel Carlson in field position to kick a 47 yard field goal for the three point 37-35 win.

#3 Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns, Carr kept the offense moving down field on the Chargers all game long just enough to pull ahead in the fourth quarter only to see the Chargers tie it 29-29 and force overtime and see the game tied up again 32-32 before Carlson’s game winning field goal.

#4 The Raiders have now won four straight games by three or less points and it was those tight games that got them a playoff birth after losing five out of six games they recovered and here they are in the post season.

#5 The Raiders are in Cincinnati to face the Bengals (6-4) for the second time this season. The last time the two teams met was back on Nov 21st when the Bengals handled the Raiders pretty well 32-13. The Bengals have won eight of their last 12 games. The Cleveland Browns (8-9) defeated them in the last game 21-16 in Cleveland. Tony give us your thoughts on who wins this Wild Card game on Saturday.

Tony does the Las Vegas Raiders podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

AFC Wild Card game/Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Carlson has been the key to Raiders playoff drive

Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson (2) hits a 47 yarder in the closing seconds of overtime against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday Night Football Jan 9, 2022 (USA Today photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 First of all Rich it’s just incredible how the Las Vegas Raiders (10-7) were able to edge out the Los Angeles Chargers (9-8) on Sunday Night Football 35-32 in overtime.

#2 The game was a close one, a cliffhanger, a nail biter, with the score tied at 32-32 the Raiders pulled it off in overtime to get kicker Daniel Carlson in field position to kick a 47 yard field goal for the three point 37-35 win.

#3 Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns, Carr kept the offense moving down field on the Chargers all game long just enough to pull ahead in the fourth quarter only to see the Chargers tie it 29-29 and force overtime and see the game tied up again 32-32 before Carlson’s game winning field goal.

#4 The Raiders have now won four straight games by three or less points and it was those tight games that got them a playoff birth after losing five out of six games they recovered and here they are in the post season.

#5 The Raiders are in Cincinnati to face the Bengals (6-4) for the second time this season. The last time the two teams met was back on Nov 21st when the Bengals handled the Raiders pretty well 32-13. The Bengals have won eight of their last 12 games. The Cleveland Browns (8-9) defeated them in the last game 21-16 in Cleveland. Rich give us your thoughts on who wins this Wild Card game on Saturday.

Rich does the Las Vegas Raiders podcasts each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: 49ers head to Dallas Sunday; Raiders in Cincinnati Saturday; MLB lockout update; plus more

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Emmanuel Moseley (4) picks off a pass for an interception intended for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Ben Skowronek (18) at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sun Jan 9, 2022. The 49ers advanced to the NFC playoffs Sun Jan 16, 2022 against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury’s:

#1 The San Francisco 49ers on the last day of the season needed to defeat the Los Angeles Rams in a game that could not have been scripted any better. Winning on a field goal in the fourth quarter 27-24 and now advance to the NFC Playoffs for this Sun Jan 16th in Arlington against the Dallas Cowboys.

#2 The Las Vegas Raiders were another team that just got into post season battling it out with the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football. With the game all tied 32-32 in overtime and no time left the Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson booted a 47 yard field goal that got the Raiders into post season 35-32 in a game that was almost scripted for a Hollywood movie. The Raiders had their share of tragedies this season but bounced back winning their last four games to get into post season.

#3 Amaury, why aren’t the owners and players talking in MLB from the sound of it spring training in February and March could be put on hold until something is agreed upon. Feb 26th is the first spring training game and it looks in question.

#4 The St Louis Cardinals announced they have canceled their annual winter warmup Bill Dewitt III the Cardinals team president said unfortunately due to the current circumstances of the lockout the planning of the winter warm up has been canceled. This was an opportunity to allow fans to interface with Cards players. Baseball is huge in St Louis so you can imagine many Cardinal fans will be disappointed.

#5 In the MLB Baseball Hall of Fame voting Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens it was reported on ESPN will not get enough votes to make the Hall of Fame and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling who was 16 votes short last year will be much shorter last year due to that dark cloud of steroid use.

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for News and Commentary Tuesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Raiders Carlson does it again boots Vegas into post season defeat Chargers 35-32 in OT

Los Angeles Chargers free safety Derwin James Jr (33) puts pressure on the Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) as he gets a pass away at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sun Jan 9, 2022 in the final regular season game of 2021-22 (AP News photo)

By Rich Perez

Las Vegas Raiders beat writer

Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson booted a 47 yard field goal right as time ran out in overtime against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas to help defeat the Chargers 35-32. It was the fourth consecutive win for the Raiders and the fourth straight game the Raiders won by three or less points.

This one really counted big as the win puts the Raiders into the post season the Raiders needed to win this final game of the regular season to advance to post season. The win eliminates the Chargers and helps the Pittsburgh Steelers advance to post season as well.

The Raiders who were down at one time in the game 17-0 came back on Los Angeles converting scores on fourth down ending up overtaking the Chargers 29-22. The Chargers made a last few seconds of the fourth quarter come back of their own when quarterback Justin Herbert threw a 12 yard pass to receiver Mike Williams to tie up the game 29-29 and force it into overtime.

The Raiders and Chargers proceeded to hit field goals to make it stay knotted up at 32-32. Carlson came in and got field position in the closing seconds of overtime to hit a 47 yarder and put the Raiders in the post season with the 35-32 win. Ironically Carlson was this week’s AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr went 20-36 for 186 yards, and two touchdowns. The Raiders got help from their wide receiver Hunter Renfrow who caught two touchdown passes and running back Josh Jacobs carried 26 times and picked up 132 yards and a touchdown.

The Raiders prior to winning these last four in a row had lost five out of six previous to that run. The Raiders had dealt with plenty of adversity, having their former coach Jon Gruden forced to resign over racist and misogynistic emails, then wide receiver Henry Ruggs III DUI manslaughter charge in killing Tina Tintor in a drunken driving charge slamming into Tintor’s car killing her and her dog, then Damon Arnette who was released from the team for taking a video of himself carrying a automatic weapon with a scope and making threats to kill a fan on social media. In spite of all of these off field distractions the Raiders persevered and weathered the storm to make the post season.

Rich Perez does the Raiders podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria: Could it happen? Raiders one game away from making post season

Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson boots the game winning field goal in the closing seconds against the Indianapolis Colts on Sun Jan 2, 2022 at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis. Carlson was elected as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Sports Illustrated photo)

On the Las Vegas Raiders podcast:

#1 Tony, It’s going to be razer close but the Las Vegas Raiders (9-7) who are on a three game win streak have worked hard enough to be one win away from making the post season as they host the Los Angeles Chargers (9-7) on Sunday Night Football.

#2 The Raiders have three close games to win games like that take a lot of breaks and and come backs how much do you attribute that to the offense of defense.

#3 Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson wins the AFC Special Teams player of the week award. Carlson who booted a winning kick against the Indianapolis Colts last Sun Jan 2 for a 23-20 win in the closing seconds. Carlson was key in wins against the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos in the two previous weeks. Without him they don’t get this far.

#4 Tony, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had to find daylight and get help from his running back but was intercepted twice. Josh Jacobs who carried for a touchdown. Carr was 24 for 31 for 255 yards, one touchdown. It all counted in the close game against the Colts how much has Carr meant under center in a game like that.

#5 The Chargers have been .500 ball winning five of their last five, they handled the Denver Broncos in their last game with a 34-13 win. Broncos quarterback started again as starter Teddy Bridgewater is not likely to return any time soon after put on concussion protocols. Broncos back up quarterback Drew Lock started against the Chargers and couldn’t do anything against the Chargers defense. Tony how do you see this match up at Allegiant Stadium between the Chargers and Raiders on Sunday Night Football.

Join Tony R each Thursday for the Raiders podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Las Vegas Raiders post game report: Carlson boots winner gets Raiders closer to playoff spot; Vegas defeats Indianapolis 23-20

#2 Daniel Carlson of the Las Vegas Raiders is jubilant after booting a 33 yard field goal to get the Raiders a three point win over the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis Sun Jan 2, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Rich Perez

Las Vegas Raiders beat writer

In a game that went right down to the wire the Las Vegas Raiders (9-7) when Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson exhibited closing seconds heroics once again when he booted a 33 yard field goal with the score tied at 20-20 at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis to defeat the Colts (9-7) on Sunday afternoon.

The Raider had a touchdown that was called back on a TV replay reversal and lost a touchdown on an unfortunate play which were the only two turnovers of the game. For quarterback Derek Carr went 24-31 for 255 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The Raiders who won the game by three also took a three point half time lead at the half 13-10. It was Carr towards the end of the game that got Carlson good field position to boot the game winning field goal a win that takes the Raiders one step closer to getting into the post season.

With the win over the Colts on Sunday the Raiders picked up their third straight win, the Raiders have won games by three or less points during the three game streak with a win over the Cleveland Browns 16-14 on Mon Dec 20, a 17-13 win against the Denver Broncos on Sun Dec 26, and Sunday’s thriller in Indianapolis 23-20.

Carr was saying the Raiders are finding ways to rally and make late comebacks. Although the Raiders when facing the Browns, Broncos and Colts made those close comebacks it’s the coming back from behind the making of a good football team, “We’re finding a way to do it because we have the right kind of guys and there’s never been a doubt, there’s never a finger pointed, you know, at this or that, and this coach is not there, and all this kind nobody cares.” Carr told the AP.

The Raiders host the Los Angeles Chargers (9-7) next Sun Jan 9th a 1:25 pm PST kick off for the last regular season game. The Chargers who have won five of their last nine games blew out the Broncos Sunday 34-13 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

Join Rich Perez for the Raiders podcasts each Friday morning at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria: Raiders try for 3 wins in a row face hot Colts team Sunday

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) plows ahead for extra yardage against Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sun Dec 26, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Tony R:

#1 Tony, the Las Vegas Raiders (8-7) have won two in a row be it in close scores they defeated the Cleveland Browns (7-8) by two on Mon Dec 20th and last Sun Dec 26 a win by three points over the visiting Denver Broncos (7-8).

#2 In last Sunday’s game Raider quarterback Derek Carr threw for 201 yards with a touchdown and one interception. Talk about Carr’s ability to move the ball down field in the third quarter and get wide receiver Peyton Barber a short pass for a score.

#3 Tony, in the first quarter running back Josh Jacobs fumbled and the Broncos scored 13 points in the second quarter and took a 13-0 half time lead. During the half Jacobs promised the coaches that he will take care of the football and to give him another chance in the second half. Jacobs did carrying for 129 yards for the game.

#4 How big of advantage was it for the Raiders home field, facing a Covid bitten Broncos team and down to their second string quarterback Drew Lock who threw for 153 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.

#5 It’s off to Indianapolis this Sunday and the Colts (9-6) who are tearing it up. The Colts have won six of their last eight games and handled the Arizona Cardinals (10-5) 22-16 with that in mind how do you see the Raiders and Cardinals this Sunday in Indianapolis.

Join Tony R for the Raiders podcasts Thursdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com