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

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.

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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

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.

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Kupp’s heroics spark Rams to 23-20 Super Bowl LVI win over Bengals

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandon Powell rushes against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sun Feb 13, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sunday, February 13, 2022

A late touchdown pass, combined with a stellar defensive stand, helped the Los Angeles Rams win their second Super Bowl in franchise history Sunday at their own stadium in Inglewood, Calif., holding off the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20.

Cooper Kupp snared a 1-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford with 1:25 remaining in the fourth quarter, letting the Rams surge ahead from a 20-16 deficit. In what became the game-winning drive, Kupp also had a 7-yard run to convert a key fourth-down play, caught key passes and drew two defensive penalties.

Kupp, the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year, finished with eight receptions for 92 yards and two TDs. Kupp became a primary target for Stafford after Odell Beckham Jr. left with a knee injury in the second quarter. For his clutch efforts, Kupp was selected as the game’s most valuable player.

The Bengals had one last possession and reached midfield, but on a fourth-down play with 39 seconds remaining, the Rams’ Aaron Donald forced Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow to throw a wild, incomplete pass.

That play clinched the Rams’ first Super Bowl championship while residing in Los Angeles, having won the 1999 title in St. Louis. The Cleveland Rams moved to Los Angeles after winning the 1945 NFL championship, and the L.A, Rams last won an NFL crown in 1951.

Cincinnati took its first lead of the game on the first play of the third quarter, when Burrow found Tee Higgins on a deep route for a 75-yard score. Replays showed that Higgins got away with grabbing L.A. cornerback Jalen Ramsey’s facemask on the play.

An interception set up a Evan McPherson 38-yard field goal that gave the Bengals a 20-13 lead at 10:19 of the third quarter, and the Rams responded at 6:02 of the third with a field goal of 41 yards by Matt Gay. The game turned into a defensive battle for most of the fourth quarter.

The Rams opened the scoring at 6:26 of the first quarter on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Beckham. McPherson’s 29-yard field goal in the final minute of the first quarter put Cincinnati on the board.

Stafford’s first TD pass to Kupp, from 11 yards out, put the Rams up 13-3, but missed the extra point on a botched hold. At 5:52 of the second quarter, Joe Mixon threw a 6-yard scoring pass to Higgins on the halfback option, pulling the Bengals to within 13-10 at the half.

Stafford threw for 283 yards, completing 26 of 40 passes for three touchdowns and two interceptions. Cam Akers was the Rams’ leading rusher with 21 yards on 13 carries.

Burrow, who was sacked for a Super Bowl record-tying seven times, completed 22 of 33 passes for 263 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Mixon ran 15 times for 72 yards, and Higgins caught four passes for 100 yards and two TDs. Ja’Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd each caught five passes for Cincinnati.

The Bengals are winless in three Super Bowls – the Bengals’ previous losses came in XVI (1981 season) and XXIII (1988 season), both against San Francisco,

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

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.

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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?

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Super Bowl LVI podcast with David Zizmor: Battle of quarterbacks Stafford and Burrow get ready to slog it out in the Southland

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (left) and Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matt Stafford (right) preparing to battle it out for Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sun Feb 13, 2022 (image by MARCA)

On the Super Bowl LVI podcast with David Zizmor:

#1 David, taking a look at Cincinnati Bengals (13-7) quarterback Joe Burrow he’s had some miracle games and Burrow has led the Bengals to winning six out of their last seven games. The Bengals are underdogs in this Super Bowl but Burrow has beaten the odds throughout those six wins to get here.

#2 Dave, talk about the Los Angeles Rams (15-5) quarterback Matt Stafford has led the Rams to winning eight of their last nine games and led the Rams in that miracle comeback game against the San Francisco 49ers (12-8) last Sunday in the NFC Championship in LA at SoFi Stadium. Stafford has certainly come a long ways from his struggling days with the Detroit Lions to getting to the Super Bowl with

#3 Dave, talk about the advantage the Rams have here they are the first team in Super Bowl history to host the Super Bowl in their own stadium the closest any other football team to do it was in 1985 when the San Francisco 49ers played at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto against the Bengals. With the Rams in their own stadium how big of a difference does this make?

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