This week, a district court judge sided with former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and will allow his lawsuit against the NFL to continue as the league appeals a previous ruling to the Supreme Court of Nevada.
According to a report from Daniel Kaplan of the Athletic, the judge “turned down the NFL’s motion to stay the case.”
“Barring an immediate appeal of the decision to not stay the case pending the other appeal, the litigation will proceed with the discovery process. Documents and other information will be requested by Gruden. Depositions of key individuals, such as Goodell and Commanders owner Daniel Snyder, will be arranged.”
Lawyers for the NFL are pushing to settle Gruden’s lawsuit through arbitration because that public process of discovery would likely reveal how and who leaked Gruden’s emails and other business-related information.
Gruden resigned from the Raiders in October 2021 after emails surfaced showing he used racist, misogynistic and homophobic comments.
Gruden’s comments came under fire when he complained about then-head of the NFL’s Players Association, DeMaurice Smith, to Bruce Allen that “Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of Michelin tires.”
Gruden filed the lawsuit against the NFL and Roger Goodell in November 2021. Lawyers for the league have claimed Gruden “consistently” sent “derogatory emails” while he led the team.
Gruden signed a $100 million contract with the then-Oakland Raiders in 2018. According to the lawsuit, he is not being paid the remaining balance on the contract, which runs through 2027