Closing Bell

Mark Davis calls for written report on WFT findings

By Ben Fischer
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NEW YORK -- Raiders Owner Mark Davis said the NFL should issue a written report of the investigation into a toxic workplace culture at the Washington Football Team, making him the first owner to call for more information. "Probably, yeah, I think there should be,” Davis said, when asked if there should be a report. "Especially with some of the things that were charged, yeah, I believe so. People deserve it, especially people who were quote victims.”

Davis’ remarks came less than a day after Commissioner Roger Goodell said there would be no further information disclosed on the 10-month investigation that concluded July 1. The investigation determined that WFT Owner Dan Snyder oversaw a culture in which sexual harassment, bullying and intimidation were common, but used vague terms and did not address any specific allegations. Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones, among the most powerful owners, backed up Goodell in a media interview a few minutes before Davis spoke. "We’re very sensitive to the workplace and certainly approve of the way the league handled it,” Jones said.

Davis also is at odds with the league and Goodell over how the now-infamous Jon Gruden emails were handled. Gruden resigned as Raiders head coach under pressure after several problematic emails to former WFT President Bruce Allen -- part of the investigation -- were leaked to news media. “It’s a timing issue,” Davis said. “They may have known about it a couple of months beforehand and didn’t let us know that."

Davis first heard of Gruden’s emails from the Wall Street Journal, on a Thursday before their Oct. 10 game against the Bears. The league did not inform him of the full scope of the issue until the next day, Davis said. Gruden coached that game and then resigned the following Monday, triggering a coach transition in the middle of the season. “I believe if we'd gotten the information earlier in the summer, when they learned about it, it would have been a lot easier for everyone involved,” Davis said.

A reporter asked Davis if he felt he was treated unfairly. Davis: "No, I’m not going to get into any of that. We’re Raiders. We’re used to this. That’s just what our life is about. But it is disappointing."

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