The Raiders’ revolving door facility over the past few months has raised eyebrows across the league. the New York Times tried to get to the bottom of things. And while the Time advanced the ball, it feels like there’s more to the story that remains unknown.
the Time spoke to more than a dozen former employees, who described what Time referred to as “financial trouble”. The problem was “lax controls” on spending money, including “messing up” tax payments. No one claimed that the problems constituted any type of crime.
the Time explains that incorrect information on the company’s books “can usually lead to problems with creditors, regulators, the league and others”. There is no claim yet that general or specific problems have arisen due to the “financial mess”.
the Time also reports that employees who raised concerns about the situation “were often ignored or kicked out and given settlements and nondisclosure agreements to keep them quiet.”
“If anyone complained, they were let go,” former Raiders human resources worker Nicole Adams said. Time. Adams maintains that she was “evicted” in 2020. She refused to sign a termination agreement that would have included an NDA. She also said that former interim president Dan Ventrelle, who was working as the team’s general counsel at the time, “joked that he’d be willing to settle if someone came forward with an accusation.”
Ventrelle made headlines eight days ago with his abrupt departure, followed by a claim that he passed on allegations of workplace misconduct to the league and was fired because of it. the Time the article contains no new information regarding the allegations received and reported by Ventrelle.
Perhaps the most damning assertion of Time the article is that “the Raiders are kind of operating in the Stone Age”. This quote came from Adams. An unnamed former employee said “everything was still very paper, files, boxes, warehouses.”
While there is no violation of league rules in the use of low-tech processes, the Time The article paints a picture of incompetence with affirmative efforts to cover up the same. There’s still nothing that crosses the kind of lines that teams like Washington would have crossed. Apparently there won’t be until Ventrelle starts providing details in whatever context he chooses to do so.