Former Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has filed a lawsuit in a Nevada district court against the NFL and its commissioner, Roger Goodell, over events that led to Gruden’s resignation as Raiders head coach in October, according to multiple reports.
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Gruden is alleging that the NFL and Goodell conducted a “malicious and orchestrated campaign” intending to damage Gruden’s reputation.
Gruden’s attorney Adam Hosmer-Henner released the following statement:
“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. 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.”
The NFL released the following statement in response to the lawsuit through spokesman Brian McCarthy:
“The allegations are entirely meritless and the NFL will vigorously defend against these claims.”
Gruden resigned after offensive emails emerged from communications that Gruden had with former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen, among others.
Fallout from the Washington Football Team workplace standards investigation continues to mount. Recently, a congressional committee requested information from the NFL about the investigation, which has largely been kept private to this point.
On July 1, the NFL fined the Washington Football Team $10 million after a review of the team’s workplace culture by independent counsel.
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