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Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis favors release of WFT report

Oct 10, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis is pictured before the start of a game between the Raiders and the Chicago Bears at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 10, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis is pictured before the start of a game between the Raiders and the Chicago Bears at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis told reporters Wednesday that he is in favor of the release of a written report pertaining to the findings of the Washington Football Team investigation.

“Probably. Yeah, I think that there should be,” Davis said, sitting in a high-backed chair, wearing a Raiders satin Starter jacket and a backpack. He made the comments at the NFL league meetings.

It was the leak of a select few of 650,000 emails the league reviewed as part of the investigation into potential workplace misconduct in the Washington organization that led to the resignation of Raiders coach Jon Gruden on Oct. 11. Some of the comments in Gruden’s emails were characterized as homophobic, misogynistic and racist.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday that the league will not release a report into the investigation, citing the request for anonymity made by some of those who were interviewed by investigators.

“We’re very conscious of making sure we’re protecting those who came forward,” Goodell said. “They were incredibly brave, incredibly open, and we respect the pain that they probably went through all over again to come forward. That was a very high priority.”

Davis is the first owner to call for the release of investigative materials, breaking rank with his peers, apparently. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said earlier Wednesday that owners were “very satisfied with the NFL holding Dan Snyder accountable.”

Snyder, who owns the Washington Football Team, was replaced as head of the team’s day-to-day operations as a result of the report, with his wife, Tanya, taking over for the immediate future. The team also received a $10 million fine based on the investigation’s findings.

Davis also said he was upset by the timing of the release of the Gruden emails — sent well before he coached the Raiders — because the league had the emails before the season started. Had Davis been informed earlier, he could have made a coaching change, had he desired to, before the start of training camp.

Asked if the team had been treated unfairly by the NFL, Davis had this to say:

“We’re Raiders. We’re used to this.”

The Raiders are 2-0 under interim coach Rich Bisaccia. At 5-2, they are in first place in the AFC West.

–Field Level Media