DeMaurice Smith: Our players deserve a full accounting of any other NFL misconduct

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If there’s any truth to the theory that the initial Jon Gruden email, the one about NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, was leaked by the league to help Smith prevail in a critical vote that secured his future, Smith isn’t behaving like someone who is now beholden to the NFL.

“The revelations in recent days about what Jeff Pash, Bruce Allen and others have said in private are both disrespectful and unacceptable in our sport, business and society and I have relayed my thoughts directly to the Commissioner with respect to this latest email release,” Smith tweeted on Friday night. “Our players have proven repeatedly that they are leaders on issues that matter both to our country and their communities, and for those at the league and club levels to insinuate otherwise is absurd. Our players deserve a full accounting of any other NFL misconduct, which is why we once again call for the league to release all of the emails from the Washington investigation. Any evidence or knowledge that this has been suppressed must be brought to light.”

He’s right. And he needs to keep pressing the league. And many are pressing the league.

Not that pressing the league will matter. Consider the Rams relocation litigation. It took a court order and the threat (and reality) of sanctions to get the NFL to comply with a mandate to release certain financial information regarding a handful of owners. The NFL seems to be determined to release nothing about the Washington Football Team investigation — with the exception of the stuff that someone is leaking.

Smith and others should keep pressing. Because all of the documents need to be released. As mentioned last night, if as the league claims there’s nothing similar to Gruden’s comments that were sent by others, there’s no reason to refuse to release the information.

Of course, that could be a big if. That said, the far bigger if arises from the question of whether the NFL will finally provide true transparency to the one major investigation of the past decade that has had none of it.

39 responses to “DeMaurice Smith: Our players deserve a full accounting of any other NFL misconduct

  1. The theory that the NFL was trying to help Smith get reelected can best be described as tinfoil hat goofiness.

    It is becoming increasingly obvious that the emails are being released by one individual who has a yet unknown agenda. The thought that the league office is collectively organizing multiple “hits” on various individuals is simply ludicrous.

  2. I mean, Demaurice is pretty incompetent and incompetent people get really angry when it’s exposed which, if the NFL did it to help him get elected, means the NFL was willing to go to great lengths to ensure his incompetence would remain.

  3. I disagree, if it’s not in the union contract, the NFL has no LEGAL obligation to supply the union with requested information.

    Would the union supply all of the player’s emails with comments about Roger? I don’t think so.

    Don’t mess with Sasquatch!

  4. Agreed as long as the NFL teams also deserve the full account for all the players transgressions as well.

  5. OK. How about all the players and Smith himself release all of their emails sent over the past 10 years. Let’s all see what they had to say about the NFL, execs, etc.

  6. I wonder what we would find if we investigated NFL Players Emails?? I don’t think DeMaurice would be for that.

  7. If they release all the WFT emails, they must release every email from every person who works at any team in the NFL, any person who covers the NFL, AND every person who works at the NFLPA. If we are judging people based on their private communications, then EVERYONE should be judged that way. I would love to read everyone of Demauruce Smith’s private emails and text messages. I’m sure there is a lot of stuff he doesn’t want the public to see.

  8. Don’t think I’ve seen any comments to this effect, and not to get political, but what if there are any emails about keeping Kaepernick out of the league…

  9. Let’s press the pause button right now.

    Fighting dirty is par for the course for any billionaire. The business world is rough.These NFL owners have weathered more turbulent times.

    EVERYONE clamoring for emails to be released is not safe from scorched earth response. I mean the “opinionists”, players, their reps etc al.

    To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

  10. So that means Mr. Smith must be standing first in line to hand over every e-mail he’s sent the last ten years,every text,and any other media he’s communicated through! Right?

  11. It’s time for the WFT players to have a walkout. I don’t believe they are a playoff team this year and professional players once more need to lead & continue encouraging a change of culture within sports. Women & minorities have suffered for far too long and meaningful change requires openness, remorse and acceptance.

  12. Let’s not open this Pandora’s box people. We all know what we would find in players/owners/team exec emails.

  13. It’s a false analogy to say that if the emails in the WFT investigation are released, then the players should have to release all their emails from the last 10 years. First of all, we are talking about emails collected as being relevant in connection with an investigation into wrongdoing by a team. All of those emails were gathered from the WFT servers; in other words, if they were on there, the writers and recipients had no reasonable expectation of privacy.

    If you want to come up with a definition of player emails that are in connection with an investigation into wrongdoing, and that are on a server that is not private, then fine, go ahead and demand their release. Otherwise, you’re missing the whole point. I don’t necessarily agree that all the WFT investigation’s emails should be released, but I certainly recognize that the NFL has made great efforts to cover up the results of an investigation into actual wrongdoing by a team, its ownership and management, and others connected to them.

  14. It sounds good demanding the release of the e-mails but rings hollow legally . The people involved with the legal proceedings that instigated the WFT investigation are the ones who can force the NFL’s hand on this issue . Have a feeling that was the intent all along , release enough damning information to encourage those involved with the original suit to demand full transparency from the NFL . Unfortunately as we all well no the legal system favors those with the deepest pockets and there are very few pockets deeper then the NFL .

  15. Al Davis’ son Mark knew that he was stirring up a Hornets nest when he enticed Jon Gruden with a 100 million contract to return to the NFL. Al taught Mark very well.

  16. maxim says:
    October 16, 2021 at 9:56 am
    It’s time for the WFT players to have a walkout. I don’t believe they are a playoff team this year and professional players once more need to lead & continue encouraging a change of culture within sports. Women & minorities have suffered for far too long and meaningful change requires openness, remorse and acceptance.
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    Does that mean every football team that has a bleak outlook to qualify for the playoffs should stage a walkout? WFT players should walk out based upon emails to a guy who hasn’t even been a part of the organization in a year and a half? I’m sure you think they should still get paid as well. Right? How about you try a walk out at your work. Let us know how it turns out.

  17. How can the source of the leaks be anyone other than Snyder? As the owner of the team he would also have access to all of this information. He has a beef with the NFL office, the Gruden family, his former GM Allen, a history of attacking people using unscrupulous methods such as private investigators and bribes, and just in general has little man syndrome.

  18. While the “hired hands” keep getting passes to stay on the field, put fans in the stands, eyes on the tv, and sell merchandise while the cash register rings. Think again Pal.

  19. The whole thing is about Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen. What if there’s an email about a player who had an affair while on a road trip. What if that player is happily married and had kids. Should we destroy that family? Who’s going to make that decision? Would make a difference depending of which player? There could be a lot of damaging information that has nothing to do with Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen. I think this is showing that some of us are getting greedy. I think we need to pause and look in the mirror. What are we doing? Are we capable of acting in a responsible manner when given access to private information? I think this says a lot about us, as much as it does the folks in the emails.

  20. Yet Antonio Brown using racial slurs is completely fine and no outrage. Why won’t this hypocrite address that issue?

  21. When the emails were leaked and the NFL had no comment about them, as in any kind of push back on the release, then that makes them complicit to the act. This was a hit on Gruden. This was orchestrated. This was done for specific reasons, by a party or parties unknown as of now. The emails were as stated here previously, weaponized. And because this was a public act, and it looks very bad for the NFL there needs to be a full public accounting.

  22. The players are entitled to the terms of their contracts, nothing more.

    These soft headed goof offs need to stay in their lanes.

  23. The players deserve what they have in their individual contracts and in the collective bargaining agreement. Nothing more, nothing less. As for Smith, he should be thankful that he makes a generous salary and benefits for doing a job that suits the interests of the owners far more than the interests of the constituency he is paid to represent.

  24. Brady was framed. So, enough of this. The media needs to fo after the real story as has been stated for years. The real cheater is Goodell.

  25. If DeMaurice Smith publicly wears a Roger Goodell clown t-shirt that Matt Patricia made famous….all will be forgiven.

  26. jeremy2020 says:
    October 16, 2021 at 8:10 am
    I mean, Demaurice is pretty incompetent and incompetent people get really angry when it’s exposed which, if the NFL did it to help him get elected, means the NFL was willing to go to great lengths to ensure his incompetence would remain.

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    You just aren’t very bright. How can the league state no other current coaches or execs will be targeted if Snyder is the one doing the leaking?

    Do you people actually pay attention and comprehend or have any ability to read between the lines.

    It’s clearly a rogue or recently departed NFL employee who had access to the emails.

  27. “Our players have proven repeatedly that they are leaders on issues that matter both to our country and their communities”———————————————–
    I can’t be the only one who has never heeded the thoughts or opinions of professional athletes.

  28. remizak says:
    October 16, 2021 at 10:07 am
    It’s a false analogy to say that if the emails in the WFT investigation are released, then the players should have to release all their emails from the last 10 years. First of all, we are talking about emails collected as being relevant in connection with an investigation into wrongdoing by a team. All of those emails were gathered from the WFT servers; in other words, if they were on there, the writers and recipients had no reasonable expectation of privacy.

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    Jon Gruden was never a member of the Washington Redskins, and never the target of an investigation, yet he had all his emails released. If you are saying people who are not targets of the investigation should not expect to be protected by the right to privacy, then no one should expect to have their emails protected by the right to privacy. Would you be willing to release your private emails to the public? Of course not, because it would be harmful to you, may even destroy your career or family, yet that is what we did to Jon Gruden

  29. I will never judge anyone based on private emails or private communications that become public. Unless everyone is held accountable to that level transparency, I will hold no one to that.

  30. What a fine mess we have. We can count on the NFL to cover there friends’ and its open house for the rest of the people.Bill

  31. Could DeMaurice withstand the scrutiny of 10 years of every email he sent? Can anyone?

    Some people are smart enough not to put their personal prejudices into print and send it to others. The ones that aren’t smart enough work for the NFL in some capacity. And when did this become a referendum on DeMaurice Smith? WTF did he do lol?

  32. Let’s just see everyone’s emails from the very beginning of time. Every team and league employee is subject to the same scrutinization, regardless if they are still employed or not. Every personal and team provided email account must now be made available for review. If we are truly trying to route out all bigots and racists. Let’s see what people say behind the what was once a privacy curtain.

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