Jul 7, 2022 - Sports

Raiders hire Sandra Douglass Morgan as first Black woman team president in NFL

Sandra Douglass Morgan and Mark Davis.
Sandra Douglass Morgan and Raiders owner Mark Davis at a news conference introducing Morgan as team president. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The Las Vegas Raiders have hired Sandra Douglass Morgan as its new team president, making her the first Black woman in NFL history to serve in the role.

The big picture: Morgan is just the third woman to serve as an NFL team president, joining the Buffalo Bills' Kim Pegula and the Carolina Panthers' Kristi Coleman, USA Today reports.

Details: The Raiders are no stranger to breaking color and gender barriers.

  • The team hired the league's first Black coach in Art Shell, Amy Trask as the first female CEO and former coach Tom Flores as the first Hispanic coach to win a Super Bowl, per the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Yes, but: The Raiders have been mired in controversy recently amid reports of a "hostile work environment," USA Today writes.

  • Former team president Dan Ventrelle was fired in May,and claims he was fired because he tried to alert the NFL that Raiders owner Mark Davis was creating a hostile work environment, per the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  • Last October, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was fired after reports emerged that he had used homophobic and misogynistic language in emails for about a seven-year period.

What they're saying: "It is the honor of a lifetime to join the Raiders at one of the most defining times in the team's history," Morgan said in a press release on Thursday.

  • "Let me be clear — I am not here to avoid or sidestep problems or concerns that need to be addressed,” she added.
  • “I’ve given long and thoughtful consideration to joining you, and I’ve done so because I believe in the promise of the Raiders."
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