Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis reportedly fired public relations director Zak Gilbert, blaming him for an April 18 Sports Illustrated article that cast the Davis family, including late owner Al Davis, in a negative light but portrayed new general manager Reggie McKenzie as the potential savior of the franchise.
Gilbert hadn't been allowed at the facility since the article, written by Jim Trotter, was published, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Gilbert was hired by McKenzie; they previously worked together with the Green Bay Packers. He issued a statement thanking Mark Davis and the Raiders.
"I'd like to thank Mark Davis for the honor of serving the Raiders, and Reggie McKenzie for hiring me. I leave holding my chin up, knowing I dedicated every waking hour to promoting a positive image for our team. The co-workers in my Raiders family are extraordinary; the camaraderie we built was really special. Talking to Raiders fans on a weekly basis, I learned first-hand that their passion and loyalty is unmatched. I have great respect for the team's rich history and took seriously the role of preserving it. Although disappointed that I can't remain on the ride, I wish Reggie and Dennis Allen absolutely nothing but success in a bright future."