NFL wants Jon Gruden lawsuit gone; here is why it is important that this is not the case

We can confidently speculate on his reasons, but the NFL really wants Jon Gruden to shut up and go.

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

What a downright disgusting accomplishment.

Let me explain: in court records recently reviewed by KLAS journalist David Charns, the NFL alleges that Gruden did not simply send racist, sexist, xenophobic and/or anti-gay emails while he was with ESPN and that he wrote to the president of the Washington team of the time, Bruce Allen, and others; Gruden ‘constantly’ sent such emails after being hired by the Raiders in early 2019.

In practice, that’s not exactly a startling revelation. Leopards do not change their spots. A grown man who peddles outdated racist tropes by calling a highly educated black man the head of the NFL Players Association DeMaurice Smith “Dumboriss” with “michellin-sized lips [sic] tires” he is not expected to gain some awareness because he got another job.

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

The motion filed 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 head coach Jon Gruden, who claims he was forced to quit 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 quit last year. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Let’s not forget that at this point, Gruden remains almost inexplicably the only person to have faced real consequences for becoming entangled in the vast toxic web of the Washington workplace misconduct scandal. The NFL continues to protect Commanders owner Dan Snyder, who has apparently done nothing to stem the toxic environment of misogyny and sexual harassment that women in Washington offices have faced for years from Snyder’s underlings. Snyder was also accused of harassment and inappropriate conduct by at least two women. And former employees have revealed they were told to make lewd videos, called the “good bits,” for Snyder after the annual cheerleader photoshoot, inadvertently showing the women and various nudity moments that happened 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 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 part of contained racism, sexism, xenophobia or anti sentiment. -gay.

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

And that puts us in the extremely awkward position of asking Gruden to dig in and keep fighting, in the hopes that if he does, we’ll get an even better picture of how rotten the NFL is.

If Gruden doesn’t just take the league’s money and the case moves forward, 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 thanks to the exchanges that have already been made public. The big bonus is that we could also see who else was originally sending and receiving some of those 650,000 emails, and if Gruden’s email archive contains old messages to and since at least some of the big hitters in the league that contain a lot of the same kind of degrading, dehumanizing, discriminatory content.

The NFL absolutely does not 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 champs had “END RACISM” painted on their end zones and team owners agreed to give the players a few cents each. Coalition and aired public service announcements about domestic violence, which he solved everything. Nothing to see here, they are absolutely not a blatantly racist, sexist and xenophobic group, while mocking hoi polloi while sipping champagne on their mega yachts in the Mediterranean, as Snyder has done for much of l was as he tried to evade a congressional subpoena.

So, as gross as it sounds, go Gruden go.

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