Former Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is suing the NFL after he accuses the commissioner of the league, Roger Goodell, of conducting an ‘orchestrated campaign to destroy his reputation and career.’
In a report from Dave Ferrara of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Gruden filed a lawsuit in a Nevada court Thursday and has accused the NFL of holding onto the emails between him and former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen. Gruden says this is a ‘soviet-style character assassination.’
“Through a malicious and orchestrated campaign, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell sought to destroy the career and reputation of Jon Gruden, the former head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders,” the lawsuit alleges, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The NFL has uncovered hundreds of thousands of emails as a part of the ongoing investigation into the WFT organization. Gruden points to this and claims the league only leaked the emails that implicated him while the other ones were kept under wraps.
One factor in this case that will make a big difference is whether the Raiders will be named as the defendant for this case. If that’s the case, it will make it near impossible for the NFL to move the case from state to federal court so they can avoid contesting state-elected judges who may favor their newly acclimated football team.
Obviously, Gruden got what exactly what he asked for. The lawsuit is the last resort for Gruden to save any ounce of reputation he has and is pulling out a page of late Raiders owner Al Davis by taking on the all-powerful NFL head to head.
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