Jon Gruden’s case against the NFL goes to court on February 23

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The first battle in former Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s lawsuit against the NFL will land in court next month.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a hearing will be held on the motions filed Wednesday by the NFL on February 23, with Judge Nancy Allf presiding.

Between now and then, Gruden’s lawyers will file a response to the motion to dismiss the case entirely and the motion to compel arbitration of his claims.

Judge Allf commenced her law practice in 1983. She was elected to the bench in 2010.

Gruden claims that the NFL deliberately leaked emails he sent to former Washington executive Bruce Allen in order to force Gruden’s ouster. The emails came from a 650,000-document cache that the league regards as confidential and refuses to make available for public inspection.

Frankly, the league can’t have it both ways. Either the documents should be released in full, or whoever leaked just enough of them to bring down Gruden should be accountable.

9 responses to “Jon Gruden’s case against the NFL goes to court on February 23

  1. What about negligence at the very least? The NFL insisted the findings of the WFT investigation would not be made public. Gruden’s emails were “leaked”. Isnt the league obligated to protect that data?

  2. Here’s hoping that Gruden doesn’t cave in to the HUGE amount of money I am sure the NFL will offer him to settle. Let’s get the dirty laundry aired.

  3. The league is going to settle this case; if for no other reason than they don’t want anyone to peek behind the curtain.

  4. pay the man, or release all the emails and force the resignation of anyone with similar content.
    or both…

  5. Any logical and rational thinking person can see how shady the NFL is. The NFL has little or no integrity or credibility.

  6. We don’t know if the NFL, as an organization, “leaked” the e-mails. It could’ve been a rogue employee, but there are a lot of other ways the release could have happened- hacking, someone who was cc’d, an accidental disclosure by someone who isn’t tech-savvy.
    Gruden’s side would have to first prove that the NFL, as an organization, acted to release the e-mails. That seems like a tall order.
    A bigger question for Gruden’s attorneys is, if the NFL did in fact decide to release this information, why was it wrong for them to do so? As a private business, are they not entitled to make perfectly legal business decisions?

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