The NFL wants Jon Gruden’s lawsuit to go away; here’s why it’s important not to – Yahoo Sports

The NFL wants Jon Gruden's lawsuit to go away;  here's why it's important not to - Yahoo Sports

We can confidently speculate as to its reasons, but the NFL really wants Jon Gruden to shut up and go away.

Which puts me in the extremely uncomfortable position of… having to root for Gruden to dig in and keep fighting the league? Phew.

What a truly disgusting realization.

Let me explain: In court files recently reviewed by KLAS reporter David Charns, the NFL claims that Gruden did not just send racist, sexist, xenophobic and/or anti-gay emails while he was with ESPN and wrote to then-Washington team president Bruce Allen and others; Gruden “constantly” sent such emails after he was hired by the Raiders in early 2019.

As a practical matter, that’s not exactly a surprising revelation. Leopards do not change their spots. A grown man who peddles outdated racist tropes by naming a highly educated Black man as NFL Players Association head. DeMaurice Smith “Dumboriss” with “lips the size of michelino [sic] tires” one does not expect to somehow gain a conscience because he got another job.

But the NFL doesn’t care when Gruden sent his emails or who paid him at the time he sent them.

The motion that the league filed is a threat to Gruden, intended to protect the interests of the league. Point.

The NFL is fighting a lawsuit filed by former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, who claims he was forced to resign last year.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The NFL is fighting a lawsuit filed by former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, who claims he was forced to resign last year. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Lest we forget, to this point Gruden almost inexplicably remains the only person who has faced any real consequence for being entangled in the vast, poisonous web of the Washington workplace misconduct scandal. The NFL continues to protect Commanders owner Dan Snyder, which apparently did nothing to curb the long-standing, toxic environment of misogyny and sexual harassment women in Washington’s offices had to deal with from Snyder’s subordinates. Snyder has also been accused of harassment and inappropriate behavior by at least two women. And former employees revealed they were told to make lewd videos, called “good bits,” for Snyder after the annual cheerleading photo shoot, showing the women in inadvertent and various moments of nudity that occurred while they posed.

Someone decided to leak Gruden’s emails to The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, emails that led to what Gruden says was a “forced resignation” in October 2021 and a lawsuit against the league a month later. The NFL denies any connection to the leak.

And Commissioner Roger Goodell wants us to believe that of the 650,000 emails that were part of the Washington investigation, only the emails that Gruden was a part of contained any racism, sexism, xenophobia or anti-gay sentiment.

That’s probably why the NFL wants Gruden to stop pursuing his case in the courts, negotiate a deal and shut up: Gruden can probably prove that he certainly wasn’t the only one who peddled in such puerile behavior.

And that puts us in the most uncomfortable position of rooting for Gruden to dig in and keep fighting, in the hopes that if he does, we’ll get an even better sense of how rotten the NFL really is.

If Gruden doesn’t just take the money from the league and the case continues, he can force discovery. Sure, we’ll likely see more of his emails, but we have a good sense of exactly who Gruden is through the exchanges that have already been released. The big bonus is that we might also see who else was on the receiving end of some of those 650,000 emails, and whether Gruden’s electronic archives have old messages to and from at least some of the league’s heavy hitters who contains many of the link. similar vile, dehumanizing, discriminatory content.

The NFL absolutely does not want that.

Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, the league wants us to believe that because Goodell said “Black lives matter” in a video and fields had “END RACISM” painted on end zones and team owners agreed to give a few pennies each to the Players. Coalition and ran PSAs about domestic violence that it solved everything. Nothing to see here, it’s not at all a blatantly racist, sexist, xenophobic group, all the while laughing at the hoi polloi while sipping Champagne on their mega yachts in the Mediterranean, as Snyder did for much of the summer while trying to . to avoid subpoena from Congress.

So as nasty as it feels, go Gruden go.

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