The Las Vegas Raiders have had a rough October to say the least. After being forced to accept Jon Gruden's resignation, Raiders owner Mark Davis revealed why there was a mass departure of front office this past summer.
In a recent interview, Davis explained that the departure of now-former Raiders president Marc Badain and others stemmed from accounting irregularities with the team's taxes. He wouldn't go into explicit details, but said that the team was overpaying its taxes.
“I think it’s pretty much clear now, or I don’t know if it is clear now, but it was pretty much accounting irregularities,” Davis said, via ProFootballTalk. “That’s why the CFO left, the controller left and the president left, that’s what it was... I will say it wasn’t not paying enough taxes — we overpaid our taxes, that’s one of the good things about it,” Davis said.
While overpaying taxes won't get the Raiders into trouble with the IRS, it can still be an issue. Some have speculated that the departing executives could have committed fraud through this overpayment.
On October 11, Mark Davis accepted the resignation of Jon Gruden, who had been pressured by a massive email scandal. Miraculously, the team has not suffered since his departure.
Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia has gone 2-0 since taking over the team in Week 6. The offense has enjoyed two of its best performances this season during that span.
At 5-2, the Raiders can challenge for a playoff spot if Bisaccia can keep this momentum.
As tough as this month has been, Mark Davis is understandably not panicking right now.