Los Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis broke ranks with other NFL owners Wednesday at the league’s fall meetings, saying he’d like to see a written report of the investigation into the Washington soccer team.
“Probably yes,” he said in New York. “I think there should be, yeah. Especially with some of the things that were, I guess, loaded. Yeah, I think so, I think people deserve [a written report], especially the people who were, in quotation marks, victims “.
Davis spoke for about 12 minutes in an extensive back-and-forth conversation with reporters, his first public comments since Jon Gruden resigned as the Raiders coach on October 11 following reports that the emails he wrote over a 10-year period years included racism, anti-gay language, and misogynism. The messages between Gruden, who was employed by ESPN at the time, and then-Washington soccer team president Bruce Allen were discovered as part of an NFL investigation into workplace misconduct within the organization. from Washington.
The NFL has said that of the more than 650,000 emails reviewed, Gruden’s emails were the only ones of that nature. The league made only an oral report on its findings, not a written one, and Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday that no report will be released, despite public pressure.
Davis was asked if he felt singled out or targeted in a franchise investigation that cost another franchise, his franchise, his coach.
“We are Raiders,” Davis said. “We are used to this and that is what our life is about. But it is disappointing.”
On October 13, following Gruden’s resignation, Davis told ESPN: “I have no comment. Ask the NFL. They have all the answers.” On Wednesday, however, Davis said he was “disappointed” by what he called a “timing issue” when the Raiders learned of Gruden’s emails from the NFL.
“The fact that they could have found out a couple of months earlier and didn’t let us know,” he said, reiterating that the Raiders first learned of the emails in a call from a Wall Street Journal reporter on Oct. 7. . The Raiders then spoke to the league a day later; Later that afternoon, the Wall Street Journal reported that Gruden had made a racist comment by referring to NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 email to Allen.
During Tuesday’s meetings, Davis asked Goodell why he had learned of the emails just before they were made public, sources told ESPN’s Seth Wickersham.
Although Davis did not accuse Goodell of leaking the emails, Goodell told the room that the league was not behind the leak, sources told ESPN. And Tanya Snyder, wife of WFT owner Dan Snyder, apologized to the fourth the league has suffered as a result of the investigation.
“I think if we had gotten the information in early summer, when [the NFL] I learned it, it would have been a lot easier for everyone involved … so we could have done something before the season, rather than in the middle of the season, “Davis said Wednesday.
Gruden was allowed to train on October 10; a day later, the New York Times reported on more derogatory emails sent by Gruden between 2011 and 2018.
Davis said the latest Times report had little to do with Gruden’s departure.
“I wanted to do due diligence,” Davis said. “I didn’t want to rush into judging Jon. So we went through the process. We talked to a lot of the alumni. We talked to a lot of players. We talked to a lot of people who were involved in the situation.” and I came to the decision.
“The Raiders have always stood for diversity, inclusion, social justice. It’s in our DNA,” Davis said. “I’ve never seen Jon exhibit any of those [negative] things in practice with the Raiders. He’s no longer the Raiders coach. It was something that had to be done. It didn’t represent what the Raiders stand for. “
Davis said he has spoken with Gruden since his resignation and that an agreement has been reached. Gruden, who initially coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001 before Al Davis traded him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, returned to the Raiders in 2018 with a 10-year deal worth $ 100 million after nine years on the stand. ESPN’s “Monday Night Football”. .
“He’s hurt,” Davis said of Gruden. “He’s really hurt, and I understand that. But he understands the ramifications of what he said.
“We all have demons in our lives and you have to understand that, and then you also have to look at redemption.”
Under the direction of interim coach Rich Bisaccia, the Raiders have won two games, against the Denver Broncos and the Philadelphia Eagles, and are in their bye week with a 5-2 record atop the AFC West.
Davis was asked if he had already started a search for a coach. He said no.
“We are trying to win this season,” Davis said. “We have a good coach. Rich Bisaccia is a really good coach. He has done a good job so far.”
When asked about Mike Mayock’s status as general manager going forward, Davis reiterated what he told ESPN two weeks ago, when he said that Mayock holds a 51-49 majority stake over Bisaccia in personnel movements (previously it was Gruden 51, Mayock 49).
“Mike is the general manager of the Raiders,” Davis said, “and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be in the future.”
Additionally, Davis spoke of the wave of resignations in the organization’s finance department this offseason, from President Marc Badain to CFO Ed Villanueva to controller Araxie Grant.
“It was accounting irregularities,” Davis said. “I’ll say I wasn’t paying enough taxes. In a way, we overpaid our taxes … we paid more than we owed … It may have started in Oakland.”
When asked if they were “forced resignations,” Davis, who moved the franchise to Las Vegas last season, responded, “I’d say it could be.”