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Raiders fire P.R. director Gilbert

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.

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  • jesusraiderjim

    Llama man.

    That Llama(Scooter)is lucky the cops did not shot him.

    Could be a new career opportunity for ya. Fly you around the country to contain rampaging Llama’s LOL.

  • Scourge

    Yeah, P-man, shame they had to do that!

  • Scourge

    Jesus beat me to the new career thing.

  • 0ak r8rs

    From Jerry McDonald:

    Anyone who thinks media has been jumping at the chance to trash Raiders of late is asleep at the wheel. Press has been good. Clue, anyone?

    Another douche apparently.

  • Scourge

    P-man, maybe there could be a national clearinghouse for llama info (llama llore?) at your place with a national hotline through which the authorities could make use of your experience. perhaps there’d be enough llama incidents to require a TV show on Animal Planet.

  • Scourge

    P-man, you’d need a costume. Wonder what powers LlamaMan would have?

  • 00tt00

    2. Amy trask – she’s a lawyer. Not a football person. Hopefully we won’t need nearly as many lawyers down the road. And since it seems she was basically ALS vp, maybe Reggie would actually like a football mind in that position? Shocking. How dare he.
    ===================
    if you spend 3 years of your career as a lawyer and 25 years in football are you a lawyer or a football person

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Football Season is here. :-)

  • C2E
  • 0ak r8rs

    00tt00 Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 6:08 pm
    2. Amy trask – she’s a lawyer. Not a football person. Hopefully we won’t need nearly as many lawyers down the road. And since it seems she was basically ALS vp, maybe Reggie would actually like a football mind in that position? Shocking. How dare he.
    ===================
    if you spend 3 years of your career as a lawyer and 25 years in football are you a lawyer or a football person

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Oh. She stopped being a lawyer when she came on board? I must be wrong then. Christ

    Ru really gonna try and argue that Amy Trask was a football mind? That she was an should be making personnel and coaching decisions? That SHE is the kind of football mind that Reggie would like to have around to assist and bounce ideas off of?

    Of that’s your stance then go ahead. You win. I’m not even gonna get involved w an argument that stupid. Amy Trask is Jerry Reese and Ron Wolfe wrapped into one, just without balls. You’re right.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    483. “All day”. You talk crap, pure crap, worse than a tabloid sister.

    ————————–

    again i am just piecing things together.. what else can u take from the firing of a PR director. alot of misguided anger here. also 95.7 the game chris townsend talks to alot of former raiders and guys who sit in Mark Davis’s suite during the raiders games.. all smoking cigars..and none were happy with DA last year

    I get alot of my opinions based of what Chris townsend said..and yes he did hint that some players are close with Mark davis and has his ear.. REECE being one of them.

    btw

    Raiders Beat‏@RaidersBeat3h
    Adam Schefter: Firing of #Raiders PR director “ridiculously undeserved”

    who u fans gonna blame that quote on ?? why is schefter talking mad crapppp but a loyal raider fan cant? like im even talking crap

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Has Amy been replaced?

  • Dakota

    Has Mark Davis been possessed by Al?

    THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDNCkcC47eQ

  • Raiders for life

    Next man up.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    I do hate Florio and I really hate Michael Silver so my opinion may be tainted by how I feel about those douche bags

  • C2E

    Raiders For Life Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 6:25 pm
    Next man up.
    —————
    probably the Packers Asst PR Dir

  • Raider Riff

    Schefter is talking crap about the firing. So you know the firing was deserved.

    Any time your in agreeance with donkey show-shefter, its time to slap urself. I’m talkinto you Jerry the rat!

    All we need is Bill “the hamburgerlar” Williamson to chime in and that’s everyone.

  • http://microwave_economics 909RaiderLifer

    Jerry McDonald @Jerrymcd 26m
    For what it’s worth, Zak Gilbert still listed in Raiders media relations department on Raiders.com . . . raiders.com/team/administr…

    Jerry McDonald @Jerrymcd 25m
    Raiders.com great at breaking `exclusives’ when media not allowed . . . as for in-house transactions? Not so much.

    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    I think the reason Jerrymac, and the rest of the hacks are acting all butt hurt. This Gilbert dude must have upgraded the chow at the all u can eat free buffet on Harbor Bay Pkwy….

  • Scourge

    KoolKell Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Football Season is here. :-)
    ============================

    You’re here. :-(

  • Scourge

    Cockroaches arise!

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “Schefter is talking crap about the firing. So you know the firing was deserved.”

    If Florio likes you AND

    If Michael Silver likes you AND

    If Schefter likes you

    If all of those things are true about you….YOU do not belong on our building!

  • Raider Riff

    909raiderlifer is correct.

    No more buffet and no more mole.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    I’m scurrying as fast as I can.

  • tuckrulefool

    People need to seriously relax!

    “Hayden will never play a snap in the NFL”

    Jezzus..get a clue!

    This is the medical consensus below…. Do your homework!

    =======
    “the most important takeaway of is that the recent procedure is not directly related to Hayden’s heart and inferior vena cava. It does not imply further injury, nor does it increase risk of a similar injury in the future.

    Rather, it is merely a downstream consequence of the lifesaving interventions performed by the heroes at Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute.

    As long as no unforeseen complications arise, the procedure should only minimally affect Hayden going forward, and Raider fans need not worry. He should fully recover within a month to a six weeks, though the Raiders may hold him out a bit longer given his history.

    After all, statistically, this is just a bit of bad luck more than anything else.”

  • Scourge

    Scurry, scurry, scurry….

  • 0ak r8rs

    Yea. Mike Silver is a complete POS. He comes on NFL radio, and you kinda look forward to hearing what he has to say. Because nobody on NFL network except maybe Gannon EVER even mentions the Raiders. But then Silver opens his mouth and just slams the crap out of us everytime. Granted, occasionally it’s merited. But not every time. He’s a scumbag Raider hater.

    But you know what? If we get back to winning it will change substantially. We will still have plenty of haters, don’t get me wrong. Lets face it, we r basically the Howard Stern of football. Most of the people that hate us have never even SEEN us, so we will never get rid of them. But these media guys will ease off once we start winning an realize we actually have a huge fan base. Right now they cater to the Donks and Manning because they think they r the only relevant team in the division. And for now, they r right. But hopefully not for much longer.

  • 0ak r8rs

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 6:43 pm
    “Schefter is talking crap about the firing. So you know the firing was deserved.”

    If Florio likes you AND

    If Michael Silver likes you AND

    If Schefter likes you

    If all of those things are true about you….YOU do not belong on our building!

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    And your Peyton Manning.

  • http://microwave_economics 909RaiderLifer

    Or…

    Gilbert might have actually returned phone calls by the mediots, tried to help with logistics in getting interviews with players, etc….

    Which, I’m quite sure was different from the years of John “pot smoke buddy” Hererra’s way of working with the hacks…

    In the grand scheme of things. This has nothing to do with FOOTBALL! I don’t really give a flyin ufck if the mediots have they’re panties in a bunch over this…

  • Flash Raider

    ohioraider Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 5:59 pm
    There had to be more to this firing than is being released.
    ——–

    no sh*t! it’s a travesty and the can of worms has been spilled.

  • 0ak r8rs

    Tuckrulefool. You read that. I read this:

    Regrettably, in a minority of cases, they can also become symptomatic.

    If an adhesion is extensive enough and involves the intestines—either attaching to each other or to the abdominal wall—it can disrupt normal flow of food in the gut.

    For example, adhesions causing kinks or tangles in the intestinal tube limit stomach mobility and can drastically slow the normal digestive process. They can even block the pathway altogether. Such blockages can result in severe, debilitating abdominal pain—not to mention bloating, vomiting and many other symptoms.

    In the worst-case scenario—and there is no reason to believe this occurred with Hayden—prolonged complete blockage can cause intestinal perforation, a life-threatening condition.

    While they say there is no reason to think he’s a worst case scenario candidate, the scenario is there. And until I see him take a snap, I’m gonna expect he won’t. Call me pessimistic, but I’ve been a Raider fan and a Mets fan for nearly 40 years. And what I’ve seen from both for most of the last 20 years gives me reason to expect nothing but the worst.

  • http://raidahs.com Mr Green

    Scourge Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 6:41 pm
    Cockroaches arise!

    █████████████████████████████████████████

    I’m here and accounted for sir! :mrgreen:

  • DJ Johnny

    Imo the media WANTS the Raiders to be winners. It amy not seem like it at times but they are quick to play us up at the slightest indication were becoming a threat.

    In 2011 Jim Rome did a piece about how great it was that the Raiders were “back” and ended the piece saying “We’ll even welcome you back to LA again..and that’s saying a lot”.

    Also in 20111 right after we acquired Palmer and were 4-2, NFLN did a piece titled “Are the Raiders a serious Super Bowl contender”?

    Of course we have the haters out there but it doesn’t take much for the media to wanna hype us up…they are just waiting for us to give them something they can run with in many instances.

    Of course we have the haters out there

  • Scourge

    Hey, it’s :mrgreen: !

  • 0ak r8rs

    Flash Raider Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 6:54 pm
    ohioraider Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 5:59 pm
    There had to be more to this firing than is being released.
    ——–

    no sh*t! it’s a travesty and the can of worms has been spilled.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    I’m pretty sure this is Dr. Hunter S Thompson or The Civilian James Trapp
    , and should be treated as such.

  • Scourge

    Now all we need is the Beeech Diggs and all the cockroaches will be present and accounted for.

  • Flash Raider

    0ak r8rs Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 6:59 pm
    Flash Raider Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 6:54 pm
    ohioraider Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 5:59 pm
    There had to be more to this firing than is being released.
    ——–

    no sh*t! it’s a travesty and the can of worms has been spilled.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    I’m pretty sure this is Dr. Hunter S Thompson or The Civilian James Trapp
    , and should be treated as such

    —-

    and i’m sure your Dr Robert, new and improved cherry flavor. if you want to blow off this firing and not see it as a sham, be my guest. I see it as another attempt to cover up a poor season and the tarps. Amy washed her hands clean. I don’t care that he was fired, but as a mole he should have been shown the door a long time ago. Reggie hired him, not Al.

  • http://microwave_economics 909RaiderLifer

    Last one….

    By all accounts this Gilbert fella is a nice guy and didn’t “deserve” getting whacked..

    Nice guys get fired every single day…

    And to quote William Munny: ” ‘Deserve’ has nothing to do with it”. click….BOOM!…

  • rediaR

    0ak R8rs Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 6:59 pm
    Flash Raider Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 6:54 pm
    ohioraider Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 5:59 pm
    There had to be more to this firing than is being released.
    ——–

    no sh*t! it’s a travesty and the can of worms has been spilled.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    I’m pretty sure this is Dr. Hunter S Thompson or The Civilian James Trapp
    , and should be treated as such.
    ——————-
    I don’t know. Hunter has been pretty upbeat lately. He upgraded us to 2-14.

  • ohioraider

    909RaiderLifer Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Or…

    Gilbert might have actually returned phone calls by the mediots, tried to help with logistics in getting interviews with players, etc….

    Which, I’m quite sure was different from the years of John “pot smoke buddy” Hererra’s way of working with the hacks…

    In the grand scheme of things. This has nothing to do with FOOTBALL! I don’t really give a flyin ufck if the mediots have they’re panties in a bunch over this…
    ———————————————-
    Good point. And if the media smells anything that reeks of the old, insular, media relations “strategy” promulgated by the old regime they’ll be all over it. Meanwhile, I think they’ve been remarkably hopeful that the franchise has turned a corner.

  • C2E

    DJ Johnny Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 6:58 pm
    ….”Of course we have the haters out there”
    ————————-
    Let’s call them out:

    Sapp…

  • Al_is_theraiders

    cant wait till mark purges the reggie disease….

  • ohioraider

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    cant wait till mark purges the reggie disease….
    ———————————
    Ah, dude, you’re just rolling in your grave that’s all…

  • 0ak r8rs

    if you want to blow off this firing and not see it as a sham, be my guest. I see it as another attempt to cover up a poor season and the tarps

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Ok. I choose to blow it off. Haven’t seen a football mind jettisoned yet, unless you wanna count knapp and some of the other coaching disasters from last year. This hasn’t been perfect, far from it, but we have direction now. Anyone that gives a shlt about a PR director being canned is either a conspiracy theorist or has some sort of agenda that has nothing to do w football. I know he’s a Reggie guy. Mark and DA had a problem w him. For whatever reason. So he’s gone. Who cares?

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Silver’s just saying what I’ve been saying for years. ;-)

  • 0ak r8rs

    And management has been pretty clear that they expect to compete. But they haven’t said anything to make us believe this is anything but a rebuilding year. It’s pretty obvious. I don’t need a PR director to tell me we have personnel issues. I doubt that’s why he was let go.

  • DJ Johnny

    C2E Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 7:06 pm
    DJ Johnny Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 6:58 pm
    ….”Of course we have the haters out there”
    ————————-
    Let’s call them out:

    Sapp…

    Schlereth…unfortunately we could be here for a while with this. Lol.

  • Just Fire Baby

    A PR directors job is to keep the media in his pocket.

    The Arkush story and date of it coming out, if those guys had any couth they went to the Raiders and asked if they wanted to comment on it before reporting it like all media outlets do, just reaked of Gilbert being too green.

    Arkush would never dream of leaking a story like that with Harbaugh’s dad on his death bed, or about the Patriots or Steelers.

    Arkush took advantage of a green PR guy, and pushed what turned out to be a BS story to keep himself relevant (which he hardly is anymore).

  • 0ak r8rs

    DJ Johnny Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 7:24 pm
    C2E Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 7:06 pm
    DJ Johnny Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 6:58 pm
    ….”Of course we have the haters out there”
    ————————-
    Let’s call them out:

    Sapp…

    Schlereth…unfortunately we could be here for a while with this. Lol.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Berman.

  • ohioraider

    0ak r8rs Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    And management has been pretty clear that they expect to compete. But they haven’t said anything to make us believe this is anything but a rebuilding year. It’s pretty obvious. I don’t need a PR director to tell me we have personnel issues. I doubt that’s why he was let go.
    —————————
    The main objective/job task of any PR hack is to control the narrative, lay out the parameters of the story you want to tell about your organization. What’s been the main narrative told about this franchise? If you can’t answer this question then you may have an idea as to why this guy was cut loose.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Why would Reggie have the authority to hire a PR guy anyways?

    Just seems way out of the scope of a General Manager.

    Something Mark or Amy should have been doing.

    Is Reggie going to hire the HR staff too? Maybe the finance department?

    Bizarre.