Jon Gruden to HBO: “The truth will come out”

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We haven’t heard much from Jon Gruden since he abruptly resigned as Raiders head coach 10 days ago. HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel has heard a little more.

Andrea Kremer, who recently profiled Raiders owner Mark Davis for the show, explains on the latest episode of the Real Sports Podcast that a producer recently cold-called Gruden.

“Maggie Burbank, who produced the story that we just did on Mark Davis, she actually called Gruden and he picked up the phone, much to I think her surprise,” Kremer said. “And he’s still in Las Vegas. . . . He says he’s letting the dust settle. He said, ‘People who know me know what I stand for for 58 years. I have a resume of 58 years.’ He said, ‘The truth will come out.’ It’s certainly cryptic.”

It remains to be seen where and how the truth will come out. As Myles Simmons and I discussed on Wednesday’s #PFTPM, litigation would be one vehicle for the truth coming out. And not litigation between Gruden and the Raiders, but litigation between Gruden and the NFL, for a legal theory such as tortious interference with business relationships.

In theory, the Raiders could join Gruden in that fight.

“Mark Davis has been severely impacted,” Kremer said. “And I’m not defending Mark Davis. I’m just pointing out a fact here. Dan Snyder continues on. The Washington Football Team continues on.”

Someone decided to pull the pin on the Gruden grenade during football season, leaking documents and forcing action in early October. It could have happened before the season. It could have happened after the season. In either of those cases, the Raiders would have been in a much better position.

39 responses to “Jon Gruden to HBO: “The truth will come out”

  1. Raiders were going nowhere. Grudges was underperforming his contract. David was probably stoked

  2. The truth about Gruden already did come out. It sounds like he has some truth about others to take them down with him.

  3. Lol look at the league, owners, and media scrambling to pack everything into a neat narrative

    Jon got hosed.

  4. The truth did come out. In those emails over 7 years.

    Raiders are already doing better without Gruden. They should be happy.

  5. Gruden would probably have the reply emails on his personal account. Not to mention any other emails that were sent to him by Allen and other league executives. He might have a card to play. Although he might be playing it in his buyout.

  6. Gruden has millions. The NFL power brokers have billions. No truth will see the light of day with the billionaires able to bleed the millionaires with legal fees. It’s how the game is played.

  7. Surprising the number of folks declaring, once again, that this will be the end of Goodell. Goodell works on behalf, at the behest, in the best interest and at the pleasure of the oligarchs. Do you really think he’s out here making decisions in direct contravention of their orders?

  8. The timing of the email reveal/leak was curiously right before the NFLPA vote for another term for DeMaurice Smith. The remark about the truth from Gruden rings hollow compared to the gravity of his admitted remarks in the emails.

  9. The Gruden-Raiders lawsuit will bring the NFL to its knees.

    They were specifically targeted, its so obvious!

  10. To think the Panthers owner was forced to sell his team for a lot less of what has happened to the WFT and its fallout which ended up affecting the Raiders. Dan Synder must have something on Roger Goodell.

  11. Go get em Jon. Call them every name in the book, using your words and feelings. But keep in mind Jonny, the bed you sleep in you made. The emails were yours and kept on file for the Commish to see. He is for sure the leaker in charge, wanting to get even with you.
    No one else has any horse in this race jon.

  12. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find out that Jeff Bezos made it known to Goodell and the rest of the NFL powerbrokers ie; Jerry Jones, the Mara’s, and others that he would very much like to own the NFL franchise in Las Vegas. The NFL and and the rest of the owners would be more than happy if the Davis family was out of the NFL. I think Chucky just got caught in the middle of the squeeze thats about to happen to Marc Davis.

  13. Mark Davis and his mother Carol own 47% of the franchise, they cannot sell their interest even if they wanted too.
    Al Davis left one of the most comprehensive complex trust situations for majority ownership of the team so it would not and could not be sold after his passing.

  14. Mortimer,
    You speak some solid truth there man. I know it’s fact. As well as some others that have played out to the guise of other power broker owners.
    There’s probably 30 other owners that don’t like that the raiders franchise worth skyrocketed just like Mark planned.

  15. Why do i think of Jose Canseco in this circumstance?
    initally all the ppl he named denied culpability and in the end Big Mac, palmerio, giambi and others took a big hit

    I see the same thing happening here…..A WFT investigation of 650,000 emails takes down a Raiders coach? seems perfectly logical

  16. Clearly either A. They wanted Gruden out or B. They want Davis out. BUT a business worth 7 Billions dollars will come out of this just fine. They don’t leave anything to chance. Too much money involved. What’s more funny is how Congress is now trying to get involved….. they have NO business in this.

  17. It does make one wonder how Dan Snyder is still the owner after all that has gone on there. Maybe that’s why they’re hiding the emails because if they come out he’ll be under serious scrutiny. However, could they force him to sell the team?

    Like it or not, Gruden and the Raiders have a case so I’m sure their team of high-priced lawyers is busy trying to find a way out of this one. Good luck with that if Congress gets involved and subpoenas those emails.

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