What happens with the Jeff Pash email situation?

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Last week, it appeared that Raiders coach Jon Gruden would weather the storm of a single email containing a racist trope. Then, more emails were leaked and Gruden’s ongoing employment became untenable.

So what happens with NFL general counsel Jeff Pash, who had multiple emails to former Washington president Bruce Allen leaked to multiple outlets on Thursday? Few have called for Pash to go, even though his actions (while not as shocking and blatant as Gruden’s) suggest not only favoritism toward one team but also a casual, nonchalant brand of racism and disregard of players. From a flippant comment about the wall along the Mexican border to a reference to efforts by Allen to squeeze a player to take less money as “the Lord’s work,” there’s a subtle poison oozing from Pash’s remarks to Allen.

Also, Pash occupies a high position in the league office. One of a handful of direct reports to Commissioner Roger Goodell, Pash is the top lawyer for the league. Many would say he should be held to a higher standard. Many would say he’s not fit for the job based solely on the emails released to date.

Then there’s the question of whether more emails will emerge. A week ago tonight, we all thought the Jon Gruden email regarding DeMaurice Smith was the lone bad apple in a bushel of Gruden emails to Allen. Obviously, that wasn’t the case. It’s fair to wonder, then, whether whoever leaked the Pash emails has a similar multi-step plan in mind. That if Pash doesn’t walk away after the first wave, a second will follow.

It’s also fair to wonder whether the league’s request for an oral report only from investigator Beth Wilkinson came from Pash. On July 1, when the NFL announced the punishment levied against Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder, Pash participated in a media conference call but said little or nothing, while Lisa Friel recited talking points either crafted or approved by Pash. Low profile notwithstanding, Pash was neck deep in all decisions made about how the WFT investigation would be handled.

Did Pash want no documents to be released in order to conceal his communications with Allen? Did Pash recommend no transparency to protect an organization that he apparently favored? Those are fair questions. It’s also fair to wonder how much power Pash holds in the organization. Although not in football operations per se, it’s long been believed that he serves as the overseer of the football department, acting as the liaison, the consigliere, to Goodell.

Would Goodell give up his consigliere? That’s ultimately the question. Unless more Pash emails are leaked, it’s unlikely that his position will become as untenable as Gruden’s — even if it should be.

Time will tell whether it will be.

37 responses to “What happens with the Jeff Pash email situation?

  1. Really? Come on man.
    No one knows that dude… and no one ever will.

    This was a hit piece by The league.

    Did you see the former players and coaches and standing up for Grudens character?

  2. Surely I can’t be the only one that’s getting extremely tired of the NFL? Sure, I come on here and comment from time to time, but I haven’t watched a single game in almost two years.

    Not because of anthem protests or any other nonsense, but because it’s become boring, predictable, and too P.C.

  3. Keep in mind, Pash and his band of corrupt lawyers have been caught lying in federal courts on numerous occasions, so Goodell and Pash have zero credibility and THEY are the cheaters.

    The real story that the media has ignored for years is just that. The NFL lawyers are cheaters with Goodell.

    I can only imagine what emails on their hard drives.

  4. People now are obsessed with private emails. Release the emails!!!! Ya ok. Be careful what you wish for. If every American suddenly had his or her emails, all of them, released, some of your most admired people would be running for cover. What about our private thoughts? There’ll come a day, in future society, that people will be able to download our thoughts. Why? Because it’s our right to know what you’re thinking! Privacy means nothing to some anymore. We used to call those people, busy bodies with no life. It still fits today.

  5. Itll blow over either way. So it goes in the modern US of A

  6. theoriginalsurferbob says:
    October 15, 2021 at 7:47 pm
    People now are obsessed with private emails. Release the emails!!!! Ya ok. Be careful what you wish for. If every American suddenly had his or her emails, all of them, released, some of your most admired people would be running for cover.

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    The term “private” is not being used in the sense you allude to. No one is clamoring for any email sent on a person account to a non-league member. These are private emails in the sense that are not emails from an NFL employee publicly released to an outside source.

  7. Pash will land comfortably with a big Park Avenue law firm that represents the NFL. His blend of knowledge, intelligence, strategy, and sliminess will fit right in. And Goodell will find a new consigliere. And nothing fundamental to how the NFL conducts business will change. Remember, it is the 32 owners (actually, more like a handful including Jerry Jones and the Mara family) who call all the shots. Nothing to see here

  8. Pash has been a first-class conniver for a long time. He’s directly responsible for not correcting the false 11-of-12 footballs story about Deflategate, for example. Who knows; he may well know or be responsible for the leak to begin with. Most people who have looked back at Deflategate now see it was a put-up job. (Just look up articles about revisiting Deflategate, and maybe watch the excellent documentary Four Games in Fall.) So I can’t say I’m in the least bit surprised to hear that Pash plays favorites among the teams he’s supposed to serve without prejudice.

  9. theoriginalsurferbob says:

    October 15, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    People now are obsessed with private emails. Release the emails!!!! Ya ok. Be careful what you wish for. If every American suddenly had his or her emails, all of them, released, some of your most admired people would be running for cover. What about our private thoughts? There’ll come a day, in future society, that people will be able to download our thoughts. Why? Because it’s our right to know what you’re thinking! Privacy means nothing to some anymore. We used to call those people, busy bodies with no life. It still fits today.
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    Except these arent personal emails being sent to someones personal email it’s being sent to a work email so there is no “privacy” entitled to as if these people home computers are being raided.

  10. gtmaryland; Are you kidding? Whether or not any of Jons emails, Jeff’s, Bruce’s, all the other 650K, you really think every one of those were on “company emails”? Says who??? I bet most are simply Yahoo! emails. Doesn’t matter the server, the domain, none of that matters. Only the content. According to YOUR theory, whomever leaked the emails, (The NFL did), they went through them, only read and leaked the ones that the NFL had jurisdiction with????? Seriously????? Whether the emails are from team or league or Hotmail, that has ZERO relevance. Those emails are between the severe and the recipient and whoever is CC’d. NOBODY else. Now, in China or Russia, this is common practice. This is STILL America isn’t it???????

  11. The real question is, who is leaking these? If it’s not the NFL, then who is? What’s the agenda? It feels more like a smear campaign but what’s the end game?

  12. Just stop. Not one of the top 100 stories in sports this year, never mind the country.

    More important story you never discuss is the impact of legal gambling on the NFL and the owners vig.

  13. League employees and team employees all work for the same people, and they communicate all the time, and they always have. This is nothing new. The 32 NFL owners own the teams and the league. All league employees are employees of the 32 owners. All team employees are also employed by those same owners. These groups work together and provide the best entertainment in the world. it’s working fine. Maybe Mother Theresa didn’t say all her prayers one night. I think we better ask to see her emails.

  14. Is it possible that Dan Snyder is fed up with being the fall guy. His minority partners tried to oust him, the NFL investigated and reprimanded him. You always hear the mantra that an owner should hire football people and trust them to run everything. Bruce Allen is on the receiving end of those Gruden emails. Snyder also had Joe Gibbs in charge for a while and nobody questions his integrity. This could be what goes around comes around.

  15. touchback6 says:
    October 15, 2021 at 7:44 pm
    Keep in mind, Pash and his band of corrupt lawyers have been caught lying in federal courts on numerous occasions, so Goodell and Pash have zero credibility and THEY are the cheaters.

    The real story that the media has ignored for years is just that. The NFL lawyers are cheaters with Goodell.

    I can only imagine what emails on their hard drives.

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    Some people just don’t have any honor and prove to be low character individuals

  16. The question in my mind is “how corrupt is the NFL” with legalized gambling etc. the lack of transparency and process makes racketeering charges a very real possibility.

  17. The email about the border wall did not seem so flippant, particularly for a lawyer, who serves as the General Counsel of the NFL.

  18. I notice a couple people are claiming these aren’t private emails. I haven’t paid enough attention to know where all the emails in question came from but one thing is certain… the Gruden emails from 10 years certainly came from his personal private email account because he didn’t work for the NFL or one of the NFL franchises at the time.

  19. I’m watching Fan Controlled Football now. Enough of this NFL junk. The NFL has become a political soap opera turned into theater of the absurd. NFL has ruined football. I’m going surfing!

  20. I think the answer as to who is leaking this info is so obvious, so easy to connect the dots: it has to be Tom Brady, a) bring down Gruden for sticking with that motherf—-, and b) Pash for deflategate. If the guy can be as good as he is at 44 as an NFL QB, how hard would it be to sabotage these Motherf—— who messed with his career??

  21. This is a far more legitimate concern than Gruden. Possible evidence of corruption at the heart of the Goodell regime.

  22. theoriginalsurferbob says:
    October 15, 2021 at 8:35 pm
    gtmaryland; Are you kidding? Whether or not any of Jons emails, Jeff’s, Bruce’s, all the other 650K, you really think every one of those were on “company emails”? Says who??? I bet most are simply Yahoo! emails. Doesn’t matter the server, the domain, none of that matters. Only the content.
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    The server, the domain, as you refer to them, absolutely matter. There is simply no expectation of privacy attached to emails sent or received on company computers.

  23. Sunday Swami says:
    October 15, 2021 at 8:25 pm
    theoriginalsurferbob says:

    October 15, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    People now are obsessed with private emails. Release the emails!!!! Ya ok. Be careful what you wish for. If every American suddenly had his or her emails, all of them, released, some of your most admired people would be running for cover. What about our private thoughts? There’ll come a day, in future society, that people will be able to download our thoughts. Why? Because it’s our right to know what you’re thinking! Privacy means nothing to some anymore. We used to call those people, busy bodies with no life. It still fits today.
    —————————–
    Except these arent personal emails being sent to someones personal email it’s being sent to a work email so there is no “privacy” entitled to as if these people home computers are being raided.
    ____________

    Swami, I actually agree with you for once. Some of these people have a serious problem determining what is “private”.

  24. Imagine if we asked such deep, probing questions about the policy makers in the US Gov’t instead of the NFL

  25. What about DeSean Jackson? He made antisemitic tweets and ig post and he gets a tour of a museum and never
    Mention again. This wasnt ten years ago this was last summer.

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