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NFL asks Nevada court to dismiss former Raiders head coach Jon Gruden’s lawsuit

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NFL asks Nevada court to dismiss former Raiders head coach Jon Gruden’s lawsuit

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The NFL has filed a motion asking a Nevada court to dismiss former Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s lawsuit against the league, saying the charges that the NFL leaked Gruden’s offensive old emails are “without basis” and “should be dismissed for failure to declare a single viable cause of action.”

The league responded Wednesday to the lawsuit Gruden filed in Clark County, Nevada, District Court in November. The NFL filed a motion to dismiss the case and also asked the court to stay that motion until it first decides whether the matter should be referred to arbitration.


Gruden resigned as Raiders coach in October with more than six seasons remaining on his 10-year, $100 million contract.

He claimed a “malicious and orchestrated campaign” was used by the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell to destroy Gruden’s career by releasing the old emails containing racist, misogynistic and homophobic language.

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden reacts against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. (Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports)

The emails were sent to former Washington football team executive Bruce Allen and others from 2011 to 2018 when Gruden was an ESPN announcer. The emails were from a pool of 650,000 emails obtained by the league in June during a survey of the Washington football team’s workplace culture.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Oct. 8 that Gruden used a racist term to describe NFL union chief DeMaurice Smith.

Gruden coached two days later. Then, on October 11, the New York Times revealed more offensive emails.


“Gruden does not and cannot dispute that he wrote the published emails. He does not and cannot dispute that he sent these emails to multiple parties,” the league filing reads. . “Nor does he claim that they have been edited or altered in any way and that the repugnant opinions they convey were not in fact expressed by him. Instead, Gruden filed the immediate lawsuit against the NFL and the commissioner, portraying himself as the victim in a fictional story and seeking money through baseless claims against the NFL.”

The league denied disclosing the emails which were sent to half a dozen people and added that Gruden had no “expectation of confidentiality” for the emails.

The filing said that even if the league had released the emails, it still wouldn’t constitute “intentional interference with a contract” as Gruden claims because the NFL had no obligation to protect the privacy of the emails. emails, had the right to release truthful information to the media and could have suspended or terminated Gruden’s contract because of the emails.

Raiders owner Mark Davis said in October that he had reached a deal with Gruden during the last six-plus years of his contract. Davis did not disclose the terms of the settlement.

NFL asks Nevada court to dismiss former Raiders head coach Jon Gruden’s lawsuit

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