Jon Gruden scored a couple of victories in a Nevada court Wednesday, as Judge Nancy Allf denied the NFL’s motions to dismiss his lawsuit against the league, and to force the issue into arbitration, per Front Office Sports.
With the NFL’s motion failing, the two sides are expected to go to trial. Recent reports have indicated that the NFL wants to settle this out of court, while Gruden wants a trial. If it does, that means other things can and will be discovered.
Gruden has claimed that his ousting from the Raiders back in October was the result of a “malicious campaign” to have him fired. He resigned following a series of leaked emails containing racist, sexist and homophobic remarks.
“We are going to let the process take care of itself,” Gruden said outside the courtroom, via A.J. Perez of FrontOfficeSports.com. “Good luck to the Raiders. Go Raiders. I don’t have anything [else] to comment on. This process will take care of itself. It’s good to be back in Vegas. I am going to see friends tonight.”
The NFL issued a statement to FOS following the court’s ruling Wednesday, stating that neither the league nor Goodell leaked Gruden’s emails to the media.
“We believe Coach Gruden’s claims should have been compelled to arbitration, and we will file an appeal of the Court’s determination. The Court’s denial of our motion to dismiss is not a determination on the merits of Coach Gruden’s lawsuit, which, as we have said from the outset, lacks a basis in law and fact and proceeds from a false premise — neither the NFL nor the Commissioner leaked Coach Gruden’s offensive emails.”
The NFL plans to appeal both rulings.