Jon Gruden may have went away quietly, but he does not plan on staying that way now that he is without a job and likely to never have another chance in the league again.
The former Las Vegas Raiders head coach continues to mull his legal options with several lawyers advising those close to him that they would be willing to take on a lawsuit against commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL over the handling of emails that resulted in Gruden resigning a few weeks ago, according to CBS.
“This is anything but over,” as one league source put it.
The report continued:
“Some lawyers have asserted that Gruden could have a tortious interference case, claiming the NFL influenced his ouster for private emails that were sent while he was not a league employee that were revealed at a time to inflict maximum damage to Gruden’s career. The lack of transparency in the WFT investigation — no written report, no revelation of evidence — has also led to questions about the nature of what other types of potentially offensive language was being used by others in NFL circles.”
A few weeks ago, the New York Times reported Gruden made misogynistic, homophobic, and racist statements in conversations with the former president of the Washington Football Team Bruce Allen, and others. Gruden reportedly sent the emails through his personal account to Allen’s team account. The emails were uncovered in a separate NFL investigation into workplace misconduct within the Washington Football Team organization.
Raiders owner Mark Davis revealed to the media at last week’s owners meetings that he had reached a settlement with Gruden, but also made it clear that he is not happy about how this entire thing played out.
Gruden has kept a low profile since emails including racist and homophobic language he sent over the course of several years while he was an employee at ESPN.
The NFL has said there was no other incidents of such language being used in the 650,000 emails it perused.