Jon Gruden sues NFL, Roger Goodell for forcing Gruden’s resignation

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Jon Gruden has taken a page from the playbook of longtime Raiders owner Al Davis.

The former Raiders coach has sued the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell in Nevada state court.

“Through a malicious and orchestrated campaign, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell sought to destroy the career and reputation of Jon Gruden, the former head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders,” the lawsuit alleges, via David Ferrara of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The complain contend that Gruden was “forced to resign” as a result of the persistent leak of supposedly secret emails from the Washington Football Team investigation.

“When their initial salvo did not result in Gruden’s firing or resignation, Defendants ratcheted up the pressure by intimating that further documents would become public if Gruden was not fired,” the lawsuit filed Thursday on Gruden’s behalf alleges. “They followed through with this threat by leaking another batch of documents to the New York Times for an October 11, 2021 article. On October 7, 2021, Jon Gruden was the head coach of the Raiders on a 10-year, $100-million contract. By October 11, 2021, he had been forced to resign.”

The initial article from the Review-Journal did not link the full complaint. Once it’s available, we’ll perform a full and complete analysis.

One key factor is whether the Raiders were specifically named as defendants. If so, the NFL won’t be able to remove the case from state court to federal court, a common practice by out-of-state interests that hope to avoid possible “home cooking” from elected state-court judges.

Obviously, Gruden got what he deserved based on the content of emails he sent to former Washington executive Bruce Allen. However, the emails should not have been weaponized to take Gruden out. Through this litigation, much more undoubtedly will be learned regarding who leaked the emails, and why.

72 responses to “Jon Gruden sues NFL, Roger Goodell for forcing Gruden’s resignation

  1. Lol. Good luck. No one forced you to write those emails. Even if he won the lawsuit, his reputation is forever gone.

  2. As he should, the settlement could be bigger than his $100M Raiders contract.

    The NFL does want a trial where all 650K emails will be on full display and examined.

    Good Luck Coach!

  3. “Through this litigation, much more undoubtedly will be learned regarding who leaked the emails, and why”
    ——
    that’s a rather optimistic although unlikely take

  4. I’m gonna call this a bluff by Gruden in hopes of getting the rest of his contract from the NFL. No way he wants even more emails made public and he is betting the NFL doesn’t want the same.

  5. Good, targeting one individual while ignoring Snyder, Bruce Allen, and Pash is just wrong. Not saying Gruden is a saint, but it’s a blatant abuse of power to punish those they dislike while protecting their friends.

  6. Two things. They should have made the report public and it wouldn’t have looked so targeted. And it is “interesting” no more emails were leaked after he resigned…..

  7. Good for him, i hope he gets a big settlement but he’s not going to be coaching so really who cares?

  8. In no way do I feel sorry for Gruden, but I hope that this suit exposes the leaker and the reasons for doing this.

  9. If Gruden had any testicular fortitude, or sense of personal integrity, he would have stood his ground and not submitted his resignation. That would have been a much stronger position to prove malicious intent from. The question now is how this affects the undisclosed settlement reached with the Raiders? I find it hard to believe that a settlement was reached that allowed Gruden to file suit on any person or entity directly associated with the NFL.

  10. Tom Brady says:
    November 12, 2021 at 5:20 pm
    Man, Goodell’s really getting it from every angle, hate to see it

    Hah! Nice!

  11. I’m glad he’s doing this, not because I believe he’s an angel in any way ,but the way the NFL orchestrated this . IF Rodger Goodell is forced to resign Gruden has WON!!!…and so have the fans of NFL football!!!

  12. Enough! He said things that people don’t like. Boo Hoo. You can’t control another person’s opinions thoughts. He didn’t say it publicly. He sent an email. I bet if everyone had access to your emails, they’d find something that people could gripe and whine about. People need to put on their Big Person Pants and deal with opinions and thoughts other than their own. Go Gruden!!!

  13. Gruden’s settlement might rival what St. Louis is going to get, lol. If all those email got out you KNOW it’d be absolutely devastating for all kinds of NFL insiders.

  14. We all have to follow rules and laws. Regardless of whatever anyone thinks of Gruden’s emails, he’s still protected by the same laws as everyone else.

  15. Smart money says Goodell is in contact with Hillary Clinton for email disposal advice this very moment.

  16. So the argument is that the league decided to trash the reputation of one of the most visible people in the league. Yes, that makes sense. People who think this is going to take down Goodell are sadly mistaken. He works for the owners and no one else. They aren’t going to let some coach push them around. And when all of his emails come to light, he’s not going to get a job coaching a junior high team.

  17. “Obviously, Gruden got what he deserved”

    Are we really so sure about that? Where’s the procedural manual for losing one’s livelihood 10 years after writing some emails while not employed by his current employer?

    It’s a little too easy for these kind of glib statements to come out of mob rule mentality.

    As for those ugly emails – open up the inboxes and messages of every NFL player and coach today, and probably not one of them would survive the response. Which makes Gruden’s firing not about behavior, but about being caught. Years after the fact. A phony imitation of moral outrage.

  18. I am sure this is about reputation and money, but some of it is to take down some bigger fish in the NFL hierarchy.

  19. Add Marc Davis to the defendant list: he became the Park Avenue stooge. False umbrage by Davis. Perhaps Davis will be the fall guy and the league will skate.

  20. As a business, Gruden had to go. He is bad for the bottom line. Of course, myopic PFT posters can’t see that.

  21. i’m not sure where I fit in here. I don’t like Chuckie and I don’t like Roger Goodell.

  22. nite2al says:
    November 12, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    He got exactly what he deserved.

    ———————————

    He did but there is much more than one wrong here. Let them all pay their penance.

  23. Gruden’s E mail comments were about an individual , not an entire race of people. Hope he gets a fortune and forces Goodwill out.

  24. Gruden’s emails are sort of a contagion. Think of those emails.

    Now think of all the execs and NFL personnel who received them, saw them, knew of Gruden’s attitudes, etc.

    And then never said anything, even possibly vouched for him when guys like Mark Davis asked around about him.

    A lot more people could go down. NFL isn’t gonna want discovery here.

  25. dragonforce says:
    November 12, 2021 at 7:46 pm
    Gruden’s emails are sort of a contagion. Think of those emails.

    Now think of all the execs and NFL personnel who received them, saw them, knew of Gruden’s attitudes, etc.

    And then never said anything, even possibly vouched for him when guys like Mark Davis asked around about him.

    A lot more people could go down. NFL isn’t gonna want discovery here.

    This is the truth right here. He will walk away with his contract money, At least. imo

  26. Gruden is a bigot loser as proven, but I cannot help but love this as a Pats fan.

    Hopefully, Gruden has enough money where settling isn’t anywhere near his option.

    This is about principle.

    To take down Goodell after years of cheating after what he just did with Rodgers, would be a beautiful thing.

    The NFL would regain some integrity again for the first time in over 15 years.

  27. I would love to see one of those Frank Caliendo impersonations of chucky right about now, perhaps reading the column aloud.

  28. I miss the days this stuff wasn’t reported so I could just enjoy watching football.

  29. If Colin Kaepernick can get a parting paycheck for the collusion stuff, I see this as a slam dunk no-brainer for Gruden to come away with a new Bently and a couple of million in the bank account.

  30. Go away, Jon. You made a lot of money off the NFL for being a .500 coach. Just smile & wave goodbye.

  31. GREAT move by Gruden. 1. If people think what Gruden wrote was so bad, wait til they see all the other 649,998 emails from countless NFL staff, coaches and owners; and 2. If Gruden has to go down, he should take as many others with him as he can.

  32. I was waiting for Gruden to file this lawsuit. This was so obviously a targeted hit job, and I hope the corrupt NFL doesn’t get away with it.

  33. Just wait until the rest of the Emails are brought into the courts..It will show that the MAJORITY of the people involved all use or have used similar language and verbiage which will ultimately prove that Gruden was SINGLED OUT. If we all saw Jerry Jone’s Email history he’s be cancelled by the woke mob before lunch.

  34. nite2al says:
    November 12, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    He got exactly what he deserved.

    ——-
    Why exactly? Because he wrote something that hurt someone’s feelings? Meanwhile there are many players in the league who have actually assaulted others and yet they remain in good standing

  35. Gruene is bad for the bottom line, but DeShawn Watson isn’t? There is no need for racism but words and physical actions are not the same yet teams are still considering Watson?

  36. dragonforce says:
    November 12, 2021 at 7:46 pm
    Gruden’s emails are sort of a contagion. Think of those emails.

    Now think of all the execs and NFL personnel who received them, saw them, knew of Gruden’s attitudes, etc.

    And then never said anything, even possibly vouched for him when guys like Mark Davis asked around about him.

    A lot more people could go down. NFL isn’t gonna want discovery here.

    ===================

    Kind of optimistic to think that Mark Davis and his childhood hero never corresponded in the last 10 years don’t you think? Even more naive would be that Gruden kept those correspondences squeaky clean.

    Davis didn’t blink an eye when he saw the emails sent to him from the NFL. That should tell you something.

  37. Gruden did deserve everything that happened to him. But that is a distinct and separate issue from how the emails were handled.

    Think about it, if someone is talking like Gruden was in those emails, should that not have been called out and addressed right away? Is it not an equal crime to hold onto it until such time when it has usefulness if leaked?

    And an extra issue, how many here would like to see what the replies to those emails were? Was Gruden the only one talking like that and all these other guys just let it go on and while never responding?

  38. Not condoning what Gruden emailed but this shouldnt be over like the NFL wants it to be. So they leaked emails by Gruden going back 10 years ago and nothing else was found, nothing. No other teams, executives, nothing. SO they got to take out someone they didnt like (Gruden) and then brush their hands off, and say its over, nothing else to see here. I call BS. Thats not how it should work. Goodell is as crooked as they come. Sure hes been bought and paid for fair and square by several of the owners but thats beside the point. Im pulling for Gruden. Open that can of worms Jon and watch Goodell and those owners squirm. Theres a lot more to be told than emails from Jon Gruden from 10 years ago.

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