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Raiders fire P.R. director Zak Gilbert
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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."