Raiders media relations director Zak Gilbert, fired by the Raiders Saturday, issued the following statement:
“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.”
Gilbert, hired by general manager Reggie McKenzie, hasn’t been at the club facility since a Sports Illustrated story authored by Jim Trotter which was published April 18 detailed how McKenzie was attempting to put an organization back together after a decade of neglect under Al Davis. Although the story cast McKenzie in a positive light, it was not well received by Mark Davis.
Instead, Gilbert has been working from home and was not attendance at at the NFL draft, the Raiders rookie minicamp or either of the club’s first two organized team activites.