On Wednesday, the NFL formally asked a Nevada judge to dismiss former Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s lawsuit against them over his leaked emails. The league also reportedly disclosed that Gruden sent offensive email correspondence to at least six people, through Athleticismby Daniel Kaplan.
NFL attorneys have called Gruden’s lawsuit a “baseless attempt” to blame the league for public backlash after leaked emails sent by Gruden containing misogynistic and anti-LGBTQ comments.
“Gruden sent a variety of equally obnoxious emails to half a dozen recipients over a seven-year period, in which he denounced the emergence of women as arbitrators and frequently used homophobic and sexist slurs to refer to Commissioner Goodell, then Vice President Joseph. Biden, a gay professional football player drafted in 2014, and others,” the NFL wrote.
Gruden filed a lawsuit against the NFL and Roger Goodell in November, along with his attorney, Adam Hosmer-Henner, alleging that “defendants selectively disclosed Gruden’s private correspondence to the the wall street journal and New York Times in order to damage Gruden’s reputation and force him out of his job.
Goodell and the NFL have publicly denied disclosing the emails, which were discovered as part of a toxicity investigation within the Washington Football Team franchise.
“Gruden does not and cannot dispute that he wrote the published emails,” the NFL wrote in its motion, by Tom Schad of USA TODAY. “He does not and cannot dispute that he sent these emails to multiple parties. Nor does he claim that they were altered or edited in any way and that the opinions repugnance they convey were in fact not expressed by him.
The NFL is still deciding whether or not it thinks the case should go to arbitration. Under NFL contract rules, disputes are to be settled by arbitration, while Gruden’s position is that this issue goes beyond normal workplace disagreements, for example. Athleticism.
Whether the case goes to arbitration or not, the league’s assertion of Gruden’s employment liability is clear.
“To the extent that Jon Gruden suffered damage, he has no one to blame but himself.”
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