The Jon Gruden emails were just a small part of a much bigger investigation and the NFL is under fire to release more
NFLcoach Jon Grudenresigned when emails showed he used racist, homophobic, and misogynistic language.
- The emails were found as a part of the NFL's investigation into the
Washington Football Team.
The NFL is facing mounting pressure to release the entirety of their findings in the league's investigation of the Washington Football Team, including more than 650,000 documents that were captured as a part of the report.
On Monday night, Jon Gruden resigned from his position as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after past emails surfaced in which he used racist, homophobic, and misogynistic language.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr suggested opening more up while speaking with reporters on Wednesday.
"If we just started opening up everybody's private emails and texts, people would start sweating a little bit. ... Hopefully not too many. But maybe that's what they should do for all coaches and GMs and owners from now on, is open up," Carr said. "You've got to open up everything. See what happens."
The NFLPA also put out a call for transparency by the league.
"We have had communications with the league, and the NFLPA plans to request that the NFL release the rest of the emails," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told USA Today.
Lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent many of the former employees of the Washington Football Team, put out a statement calling for the NFL to release the entirety of their findings.
"It is truly outrageous that after the NFL's 10-month long investigation involving hundreds of witnesses and 650,000 documents related to the longtime culture of harassment and abuse at the Washington Football Team, the only person to be held accountable and lose their job is the coach of the
"If the NFL felt it appropriate to release these offensive emails from Jon Gruden, which it obtained during its investigation of the Washington Football Team, it must also release the findings related to the actual target of the investigation. Our clients and the public at large deserve transparency and accountability. If not, the NFL and Roger Goodell must explain why they appear intent on protecting the Washington Football Team and owner Dan Snyder at all costs."
The NFL has given no indication they will back down
Since the first emails were reported, the NFL has maintained that it was not involved in releasing any of the emails that became public.
In addition to appealing to the NFL directly, several former employees of the Washington Football Team put out a letter to several NFL corporate sponsors, asking them to call on the league to make their findings public.
"We do not understand why the NFL seems intent on protecting Dan Snyder and the WFT at all costs," the letter says.
"That is why we call on you. While the NFL has refused to heed the calls for transparency and accountability from former WFT employees, advocacy groups, lawyers, or the media, it will have to heed such a call from its corporate sponsors. If the League has shown us anything, it is that money, and only money, talks."
As things stand, the NFL has said that it does not intend to release any more emails gathered during the league's investigation.
The emails were initially included in the league's report on the Washington Football Team, which was being investigated for workplace misconduct after 15 former female employees accused the team of sexual harassment.
The Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported on several emails from Gruden, who was working as a broadcaster for ESPN at the time. In the communications, the former coach used racist and homophobic language about NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and former player Michael Sam.
"Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin tires," Gruden wrote of Smith, who is Black, in an email to then-Washington Football Team President Bruce Allen.
The NFL is now facing pressure from many sides to release all emails gathered in its investigation of the Washington Football Team.
Still, pressure continues to build on the league to make the entirety of its findings known.
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