Lawyers representing former WFT employees call for investigation findings to be released

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In July, the NFL successfully buried all evidence regarding the investigation of the Washington Football Team. In October, the selective leak of certain emails regarding former Raiders coach Jon Gruden has triggered plenty of questions that weren’t asked in July.

The latest call for transparency has come from lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent more than 40 former employees of the Washington football team.

“It is truly outrageous that after the NFL’s 10-month long investigation involving hundreds of witnesses and 650,000 documents related to the longtime culture of harassment and abuse at the Washington Football Team, the only person to be held accountable and lose their job is the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders,” Banks and Katz said. “If the NFL felt it appropriate to release these offensive emails from Jon Gruden, which it obtained during its investigation of the Washington Football Team, it must also release the findings related to the actual target of the investigation. Our clients and the public at large deserve transparency and accountability. If not, the NFL and Roger Goodell must explain why they appear intent on protecting the Washington Football Team and owner Dan Snyder at all costs.”

It was already difficult to justify releasing no information about the outcome of the WFT investigation. It becomes impossible to excuse ongoing silence in the aftermath of the Gruden disclosure and leak. The NFL provided information to the Raiders from the WFT investigation regarding emails sent when he wasn’t an employee of the team with a specific purpose in mind. Last night, that purpose apparently was achieved.

If Gruden must accept a major consequence for his collateral role in the situation, the principal players must do the same. Starting with Snyder.

There’s nothing that can force the NFL to do it. There’s also nothing that can stop fans and media from persisting in their position that the NFL should do it.

Everyone should be making their voices heard on this. The NFL opened the door by using the emails to engineer Gruden’s resignation. The rest of those emails must now be made available for the public to scrutinize, and for any and all fair and reasonable consequences to happen, the same way they happened to Gruden.

47 responses to “Lawyers representing former WFT employees call for investigation findings to be released

  1. Looks like Pandora’s box has been opened! All because someone or a group of someone’s had it out for Jon Gruen ( who btw is still a bigoted boob)

  2. Not to defend Chucky but….650k emails and only he gets pinched? Yeah, somebody had it out for him. Questions are why, and why now? All these lawyers like sharks circling the chum boat….It’s gonna get ugly.

  3. Mr Florio smells blood in the water. This is only going to get better and better. What he is saying is just so right on. Release Gruden emails… you have to release them all from that Washington email dump they demanded.

  4. No, what is TRULY “…outrageous that after the NFL’s 10-month long investigation involving hundreds of witnesses and 650,000 documents related to the longtime culture of harassment and abuse at the Washington Football Team, the only person to be held accountable and lose their job is the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders”…

    and you didn’t include any opportunity, outside the press, to pushback on this? SHAME ON YOU. BAT LAWYERING.

    WHY? No really, why?

  5. Sparky Gump says:

    October 12, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    Gruden should sue for access to ALL of the emails
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    And he would have no grounds for a lawsuit and it would be thrown out of court quickly and he would be minus his court fees, so no he shouldn’t sue for something be has no right to have access to.

  6. In its zeal to stick it to Gruden, the NFL might have royally screwed up. If enough people make noise and demand disclosure, how long can they ignore it.

  7. My comment doesn’t excuse Coach Grudens language in the emails, his words were wrong and unkind.

    I don’t believe in collateral damage like this. My father told me when I was a kid that life isn’t fair. This is an example of it. I would support the release of the other 600 thousand plus emails and hope there’s an NFL left.

  8. My guess is he got paid something substantial to go away quietly and signed a release of claims for it.

  9. Ruh rho jefro. I still don’t think the NFL will cave. Weather this post gets approved or not.

  10. Two bad options now. Release nothing and look terrible and get some public wrath. Release and we know there will be awful stuff in there about a lot of people. Could be a huge mess.

  11. I call for the release of ALL emails by anyone employed or EVER employed by the NFL. Yes, every player,coach, secretary, referee etc. That could be fun don’t you think?

  12. Surge92 says:
    October 12, 2021 at 9:02 pm
    In its zeal to stick it to Gruden, the NFL might have royally screwed up. If enough people make noise and demand disclosure, how long can they ignore it.

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    Forever.

  13. NFL leadership is full of hypocrites. Don’t be surprised if nothing is released. They’ll look horrible if they release it now or later, so they’ll just keep it hidden from everyone.

  14. Mr. Goodell’s job is to represent (defend) the owners. Mr. Snyder is an owner. Mr. Allen is also an owner who signed Mr. Gruden to a $100.M deal. Follow the $$$.

  15. ninerfan94954 says:
    October 12, 2021 at 8:52 pm
    Snyder sells WFT to Bezos
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    Could Bezos surpass the standards set for Snyder to meet.
    Wonder how many email skeletons are in Jeff Bezos’s closet?

  16. You can’t just make part of an investigation public you have
    to bring the whole thing out!

  17. Wouldn’t be surprised if right now the league was on the phone with Snyder & his lawyers saying “sorry, gonna have to release everything and you’re gonna have to sell”. Then again, we’ve all seen the league does what it wants. Get your popcorn ready!

  18. At first I thought the motivation was to get demaurice smith re-elected… Any maybe it was but with the release of everything Chucky and nothing WFT.. it’s clear someone has it out for him.

  19. I for one am glad Florio is a lawyer. This is going to be so intricate only a lawyer who knows football will be able to explain what is happening as this works it’s way thru the courts. It’s going to be more interesting everyday.

  20. I keep seeing these articles on this site saying “the NFL released….”

    They’ve said already that they didn’t release them. It was leaked. That’s the bigger problem on their hands, they have a rat on the inside.

    As for them releasing the rest of the investigation, I don’t think they have any obligation to do so. And I’m not a big defender of the NFL, I just don’t think any private company has a duty to release private investigations from a privately held company.

  21. I have always followed PFT but never left a comment. So I decided to create an account to reply to this post. Grudengotscrewed. Plain and simple.

    The only way to make this right with plaintiffs first and foremost but also the fans, and other constituents is to release information.

    The only way to make the NFL pay immediately is boycott games, stop watching on TV, stop attending games, until they release information. Likely won’t happen, but would be strong stance against pulling all the “purse strings”. Perhaps they will consider after one week or perhaps two weeks of ratings decline. I’ll continue to follow PFT and applaud the reporting both inside and outside park avenue.

    Grudengotscrewed

  22. Protect the Shield. It’s been that way since day one in the NFL. They have all the power

  23. THANK YOU Lisa, Debra, and PFT for doing the work of the people! This whole situation stinks, and somebody must hold the NFL accountable.

  24. Just wondering here, but is it possible the email leak was initially intended to focus readers on Bruce Allen and not Gruden? If the NFL did not leak them, then someone in the WFT circle did. Is that right? And what ax to grind would anyone in that circle have to grind with Gruden?

    Regardless, as a lifelong WFT fan, who has stayed true through a lot of unpleasantness on the field and off, this continuing episode might be the most surreal and disheartening of them all. What a mess 2021 is already (and that’s not even taking into account the recent DEA raid).

    Maybe it’s time to pick a new team. I’ve always liked the Chargers uniforms.

  25. Let’s stop saying “the NFL” and start saying “Roger Goodell” all this shady leaking and personal punishment started with him. His tenure in the NFL has brought nothing but questionable investigations, personal vendetta and weirdly specific leaks while other information has been strangely destroyed. It’s not THEM it’s HIM.

  26. If I were Gruden, I would go scorched earth and release every email I have from all NFL sources, especially GM’s and owners. He certainly talked to a TON of them when he was with ESPN. I can imagine the things these guys say behind closed doors, and none of it is good.

  27. >> If enough people make noise and demand disclosure, how long can they ignore it.

    If there is any organization that knows the news cycle, it is the NFL. For something like this, that touches ownership/management, they will stonewall until the next “major” news story takes over. So, to answer your question, forever.

  28. anyone with info on any other staff, players, etc, from anywhere where they used a racist word, etc, should also make it public, and teams and the league should force those people out of the league.

    it’s only fair.

  29. As others have said, Gruden created his own demise, so that is what it is.

    But it sure doesn’t make a whole lot of sense how we’ve heard nothing about the WTF where FORTY former employees have made formal complaints about how the toxic work environment.

    Just a thought: maybe that was the strategy here. Whoever released the Gruden emails understood that no one would allow that without demanding to see what was discovered about the WTF. If the NFL was hoping to keep things under wraps then I believe it means that there’s a whole lot of bad stuff about Snyder.

    The NFL is the owners. Goodell is their lighting rod and figurehead and one of his primary jobs is to keep the owners on their pedestals and only spoken about in reverent tones – “Mr. This and Mr. That…”.

    A whole lot more bad stuff is coming to light, I’m sure.

  30. Correct me if I am wrong, but as I understand it, it is a federal crime to read people’s snail mail without permission. Strange how it has become so acceptable to read people’s private electronic mails though.

  31. I have always followed PFT but never left a comment. So I decided to create an account to reply to this post. Grudengotscrewed. Plain and simple.

    The only way to make this right with plaintiffs first and foremost but also the fans, and other constituents is to release information.

    The only way to make the NFL pay immediately is boycott games, stop watching on TV, stop attending games, until they release information. Likely won’t happen, but would be strong stance against pulling all the “purse strings”. Perhaps they will consider after one week or perhaps two weeks of ratings decline. I’ll continue to follow PFT and applaud the reporting both inside and outside park avenue.

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    Let’s keep in mind that 3 parties had the released emails. The NFL, WFT, and the Raiders (as i believe it was reported that the NFL had sent the raiders the emails involving Gruden last Friday).

    All 3 may have had reasons to leak. The NFL is still the leading candidate but the WFT may have had their own reasons. The Raiders would be the interesting one. You have a coach on an ironclad $100 mill contract who has to leave but won’t step aside gracefully. You are cash poor due to moving and financing a new stadium. How do you get him to step aside gracefully (avoiding more bad press for the team and potential litigation) and avoid paying out money you don’t have?

  32. NFL opened Pandora’s box here, I hope a lot of people besides Gruden get burnt by this

  33. We have The Panama Papers and more recently, the Pandora Papers. I present to you, The Pigskin Papers. The latter will probably take more people down.

  34. Lost in all this is just how utterly stupid it is to have that kind of lewd conversations over COMPANY EMAIL. What the heck is wrong with these people? Start a group chat like everyone else lol. Boomers man

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