The Oakland Raiders hired Jon Gruden in November of 2018 to coach their football team. Gruden, who led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 11 seasons and won Super Bowl XXXVII with them has been one of the most influential coaches in NFL history. This season would be his last as a coach but not before he started fighting back against what he feels is an unfair termination from the Raiders organization which ended up costing him millions and signing on with ESPN where hopefully they will give him more power than he felt like he had at home.
The “jon gruden” is suing the NFL, Roger Goodell, saying they forced him out of his job with the Las Vegas Raiders. Gruden says that he was forced to resign from the team after being told he would not be allowed to coach in Oakland if he took the job in Las Vegas.
THE CITY OF HENDERSON, NEVADA — In the aftermath of his private emails being exposed during an investigation into the Washington Football Team, former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden is suing the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell.
The complaint was filed in the Eighth Judicial District Court in Clark County, Nevada, according to Gruden’s attorney, Adam Hosmer-Henner of McDonald Carano.
According to Hosmer-Henner, “the lawsuit says that the defendants deliberately released Gruden’s private email to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times in order to hurt Gruden’s image and push him out of his position.” “There is no explanation or rationale for why, out of the 650,000 emails acquired in the NFL’s investigation of the Washington Football Team, Gruden’s emails were the only ones made public, or why the emails were stored for months before being disclosed in the midst of the Raiders’ season.”
The NFL allegedly urged the Raiders to oust Gruden and “indicated that other papers would become public if Gruden was not fired,” according to the complaint. Gruden allegedly lost a sponsorship contract with Skechers, was removed from the Madden NFL 2022 video game, and had his future job and endorsement opportunities harmed, according to the lawsuit.
On seven allegations, Gruden is seeking undisclosed damages, as well as punitive penalties and lawyers’ expenses.
According to NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy, Gruden’s charges are “completely without merit,” and the organization “will fiercely fight against these assertions.”
The emails, which included racist, anti-gay, and sexist rhetoric, were sent during a seven-year period, beginning in 2011, when Gruden was an ESPN commentator on Monday Night Football.
Gruden used a racist stereotype to characterize NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, according to the Wall Street Journal. Gruden apologized, and the Raiders fell at home to the Chicago Bears two days later.
The New York Times revealed on Oct. 11 that Gruden had sent a slew of other troubling emails. That evening, he quit, apologizing once again and stating that he never intended to offend anybody.
Gruden’s communications were discovered among 650,000 emails obtained as part of the NFL’s investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct against the Washington Redskins. Gruden sent them to Washington president Bruce Allen and others at the time.
The Raiders have gone 2-1 under interim coach Rich Bisaccia and visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, but Gruden has been mute publicly since his departure.
Gruden was with ESPN from 2009 to 2017, having previously coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001 before being moved to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with whom he won Super Bowl XXXVII. In 2018, he signed a 10-year deal with the Raiders at an estimated $100 million.
Last month, Raiders owner Mark Davis said that he and Gruden had struck an agreement on the last six years of Gruden’s contract. The specifics of the settlement were not disclosed by Davis.
This article was written with the help of the Associated Press.
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