Source - Jon Gruden filed a lawsuit against the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell in Nevada district court on Thursday, alleging they leaked private emails to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to force him out of a head coaching job with the Las Vegas Raiders. ...
"Jon Gruden has filed suit against the National Football League and Commissioner Goodell in the Eighth Judicial District Court in Clark County, Nevada. The complaint alleges that the defendants selectively leaked Gruden’s private correspondence to The Wall Street Journal and New York Times in order to harm Gruden’s reputation and force him out of his job," Gruden’s attorney, Adam Hosmer-Henner, said in a statement to Fox News Friday.
"There is no explanation or justification for why Gruden’s emails were the only ones made public out of the 650,000 emails collected in the NFL’s investigation of the Washington Football Team or for why the emails were held for months before being released in the middle of the Raiders’ season." ...
"In contrast to the formalities of the Washington Football Team investigation, defendants’ treatment of Gruden was a Soviet-style character assassination. There was no warning and no process. Defendants held the emails for months until they were leaked to the national media in the middle of the Raiders’ season in order to cause maximum damage to Gruden," the complaint states.
I've said before that you can believe that the stuff Jon Gruden said in those 10 year old emails while he was working for ESPN were unforgivable, and still believe that the way the NFL leaked them in order to destroy him was even worse. To pick out a handful of comments by him in a billion megabyte cache of 650,000 emails between him and some well connected figures with the Washington Football Team and NFL attorney Jeff Pash and release on Gruden's comments is straight up character assassination.
Gruden was targeted. With a sniper rifle. Plain and simple. If someone didn't want him gone, he'd still be in his office in Las Vegas. They would've covered up his comments like they did all the other tasteless jokes, inappropriate comments, career-damaging rhetoric and titty pictures found in the other 649,995 emails that haven't seen the light of day. You can hate the things Gruden wrote. You can hate him for writing them. But you should hate even more the way a powerful entity ordered a code red on an individual.
Which is what makes his lawyer's analogy to the Soviet Union so perfect. This is exactly the kinds of tactics the Red Menace pulled on their own all the time. Those Commie bastards would destroy any dissent they suspected of not sufficiently holding the State supreme above everything else in his life, send him to a gulag and then wipe all evidence of his existence from the records.
And Roger Goodell has proven time and again he's no difference. Ginger Satan is also Ginger Stalin. The difference here though, is Gruden has something that the people who stood up against ol' Papa Joe didn't have: The United States court system. The right to an attorney and to face your accusers. Fans of justice can only hope he gets his day in court and the people who did him dirty under oath. Starting with that ruthless totalitarian sitting at the Kremlin on Park Ave.