NFL owners in 2017 approved the Oakland Raiders’ plan to relocate to Las Vegas, where the Raiders played from 1982 to 1995, after the team’s failed attempt to return to Los Angeles. Many fans embraced the move to Las Vegas, as they felt the city was appropriate. The team’s reputation as NFL Gruden’s bad boys led the Raiders to coach the Raiders for two seasons at a stadium they shared with Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics, while Davis led the construction of Allegiant Stadium, a $ 2 billion was a jet-black spot. But players competed without spectators when the building opened in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, causing a huge loss of revenue.
The distraction didn’t stop even after the pandemic subsided. In April, after a jury indicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, the Raiders’ official Twitter account posted a graphic that read, “I can breathe.” Chauvin, who is white, knelt on the neck of Floyd, a black man, for more than nine minutes, and Floyd’s cry of “I can’t breathe” ignited months of protests and racial reckoning across the country. Davis took responsibility for the post, which he said was “no disrespect.” Nevertheless, it received widespread criticism and has not been removed.
Three months later, the Raiders’ longtime popular president, Mark Badain, who started out as an apprentice in 1991, abruptly resigned, saying only that he wanted to “focus on my family and discover new things.” wanted to be ready.” The team’s chief financial officer and controller also recently left.
Gruden addresses the episode as Davis, the son of former team owner Al Davies, who made several influential decisions during his tenure and died in 2011. Al Davis hired Amy Trusk, the first female chief executive in the NFL, in 1997. Tom Flores, a Mexican American, was the first Latino coach in the NFL to win the Super Bowl, winning two with the Raiders in the 1980 and 1983 seasons. The team also drafted Aldridge Dickey, the first black quarterback taken in the first round in 1968, when the Raiders played in the AFL in June, Mark Davis was assistant when Raiders defensive end Carl Fats was first openly gay on an active basis. Became an NFL player. roster.