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

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

We can confidently speculate about his reasons, but the NFL really wants Jon Gruden to shut up and walk away.

Which puts me in the extremely uncomfortable position of…having to hope that Gruden digs in and continues to fight the league? Ew.

What a frankly disgusting realization.

Let me explain: In court documents recently reviewed by KLAS reporter David Charns, the NFL alleges that Gruden didn’t just send racist, sexist, xenophobic and/or anti-gay emails while on ESPN and writing to the team. from Washington. President Bruce Allen and others; Gruden “consistently” sent these types of emails after he was hired by the Raiders in early 2019.

In practice, this isn’t exactly a surprising revelation. Leopards do not change their spots. A grown man selling old-fashioned racist tropes calling a highly educated black man like NFL Players Association boss DeMaurice Smith “Dumboriss” with “Michelin-sized lips” [sic] tires” must not somehow gain awareness because he got a different job.

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

The motion presented by the league is a threat to Gruden, intended to protect the interests of the league. Full stop.

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

Lest we forget, up to this point, Gruden remains almost inexplicably the only person who has faced any real consequences for becoming entangled in the vast and venomous web of Washington’s workplace misconduct scandal. The NFL continues to protect Commanders owner Dan Snyder, who has apparently done nothing to stem the toxic environment and years of misogyny and sexual harassment that women in Washington’s offices have had to deal with Snyder’s subordinates. Snyder was also accused of harassment and misconduct by at least two women. And former employees have revealed they were told to make lewd videos, called “the good parts”, for Snyder after the annual cheerleading photoshoot, showing the women in various moments of inadvertent nudity that occurred while they were posing.

Someone decided to leak Gruden’s emails to The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, emails that led to what Gruden says is 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 Gruden was a part of contained 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 settlement, and shut up: Gruden can probably prove that he sure as hell wasn’t the only one selling this childish behavior.

And that puts us in the extremely 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 just how rotten the NFL really is.

If Gruden doesn’t take the league money and the case goes ahead, he can force discovery. Of course, we’ll probably see more of his emails, but we have a good idea of ​​who exactly Gruden is from the exchanges that have already been made public. The big bonus is that we can also see who else was sending and receiving some of those 650,000 emails, and whether Gruden’s electronic files have old messages to and from at least some of the league’s heavyweights that contain many of the same. degrading, dehumanizing, discriminatory content.

The NFL absolutely doesn’t want that.

Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, the league wants us to believe that ever since Goodell said “black lives matter” in a video and fields had “END RACISM” painted on the end zones and team owners agreed to give a few cents each for the players. Coalition and ran PSAs on domestic violence, which solved everything. Nothing to see here, not quite a clearly racist, sexist and xenophobic bunch, all the while laughing at the hoi polloi as they sip champagne on their mega yachts in the Mediterranean, as Snyder did for much of the summer while trying to avoid a congressional subpoena. .

So, disgusting as it sounds, go Gruden go.

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