Raiders fire P.R. director Zak Gilbert

Raiders fire P.R. director Zak Gilbert
June 2, 2013, 10:00 am
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Mark Davis has been running the Raiders since his father's death in October, 2011. (AP)

The Oakland Raiders have parted ways with their director of media relations, Zak Gilbert, one season after Gilbert was hand-picked by general manager Reggie McKenzie to overhaul the team's embattled communications department.

Gilbert issued the following statement to CSNCalifornia.com:

"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 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."