Jon Gruden is taking action against Roger Goodell and the NFL, filing a lawsuit against the league after a series of emails were released in an investigation into the Washington Football Team uncovered racist, homophobic and sexist emails sent from Gruden.
“Through a malicious and orchestrated campaign, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell sought to destroy the career and reputation of Jon Gruden, the former head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders,” filed Thursday in Clark County District Court, per David Ferrera of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “When their initial salvo did not result in Gruden’s firing or resignation, Defendants ratcheted up the pressure by intimating that further documents would become public if Gruden was not fired. They followed through with this threat by leaking another batch of documents to the New York Times for an October 11, 2021 article. On October 7, 2021, Jon Gruden was the head coach of the Raiders on a 10-year, $100-million contract. By October 11, 2021, he had been forced to resign.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy called Gruden’s allegations “entirely meritless” and said the league “will vigorously defend against these claims.”
Gruden was put under investigation by the NFL for an email sent in 2011 in which he used a racial trope to criticize NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith. Gruden admitted last month that he also used profane language to describe Goodell, and more emails leaked which he “casually and frequently unleashed misogynistic and homophobic language” during his tenure as a “Monday Night Football” color commentator for ESPN from 2010 to 2018, when he returned to coach the NFL with the Raiders.
In those emails, Gruden denounced female referees and used slurs on Goodell. One email leaked included Gruden saying a former NFL safety, who knelt during the national anthem, should be fired. The emails were sent to then-Washington…