Ex-Raiders coach Jon Gruden sues the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell for leaking racist and homophobic emails: Lawsuit claims they ‘sought to destroy his career and reputation’
- Ex-Las Vegas Raiders head coach Joe Gruden is suing the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell over the ‘selectively leaked’ emails that led to his resignation
- Gruden’s messages were included among 650,000 emails in the NFL’s 10-month probe into sexual harassment claims against the Washington Football Team
- Only a handful of other emails from the league investigation have surfaced, none of which directly incriminate WFT owner Dan Snyder, his wife and co-CEO Tanya
Former Raiders head coach Joe Gruden has filed a lawsuit against the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell alleging that they ‘orchestrated a malicious campaign’ to ‘selectively leak’ offensive emails he sent between 2011 and 2018 in an effort to destroy his career and reputation.
The 58-year-old Gruden resigned last month after racist, homophobic, and misogynistic emails he sent to then-WFT president Bruce Allen surfaced in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. The NFL has continuously denied leaking the Gruden emails, which he sent during his tenure as an ESPN analyst.
Gruden’s messages were included among 650,000 emails in the NFL’s 10-month probe into hostile workplace and sexual harassment allegations against the Washington Football Team (WFT). Only a handful of other emails from the league investigation have surfaced, none of which directly incriminate WFT owner Dan Snyder, his wife and co-CEO Tanya, or anyone else currently working for that club.
‘The complaint alleges that the defendants selectively leaked Gruden’s private correspondence to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times in order to harm Gruden’s reputation and force him out of his job,’ Gruden’s attorney, Adam Hosmer-Henner, said in a statement.
‘There is no explanation or justification for why Gruden’s emails were the only ones made public out of the 650,000 emails collected in the NFL’s investigation of the Washington Football Team or for why the emails were held for months before being released in the middle of the Raiders’ season.’
Ex-Las Vegas Raiders head coach Joe Gruden (pictured) is suing the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell over the ‘selectively leaked’ emails that led to his resignation last month
In the emails, Gruden uses a racist trope to describe players’ union executive director DeMaurice Smith, an African American, and also called Goodell a ‘f*****.’
In a statement to DailyMail.com, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy called Gruden’s allegations ‘entirely meritless’ and said the league would ‘vigorously defend against these claims.’
As a result of the hostile workplace investigation into the WFT that ended in July, the club was fined $10 million Snyder agreed to cede day-to-day control of the franchise to his wife, Tanya.