Former Raiders coach Jon Gruden scores against NFL in court

Former National Football League (NFL) coach Jon Gruden just picked up a “major” victory in his legal battle against the NFL, NBC Sports reports

The outlet reports that District Judge Nancy Allf has denied the NFL’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought against it by Gruden. What’s more, Allf has denied the NFL’s motion to compel arbitration.

The judge’s ruling is a significant development.


It was last October that Gruden resigned as the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. That resignation followed the leak of emails that showed Gruden using language that many have labeled racist and homophobic.

The emails were discovered while the NFL was investigating several allegations made against the Washington Redskins and the team’s owner, Daniel Snyder. The emails were between Gruden and Bruce Allen, the Redskins’ former general manager.

Gruden, last November, hit the NFL with a lawsuit in response to the leak.

At the time, his lawyer explained the purpose of the suit, saying:

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. 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.

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The NFL had asked the court to do one of two things: either toss the lawsuit or sent it to arbitration.

Allf, however, has turned down both options.

NBC Sports explains what this means, writing, “it means (if it sticks) that Gruden’s case will proceed in open court, and not in the NFL’s secret rigged kangaroo court.”

The outlet further explains that this is important because “it means that a much greater degree of transparency will apply to the fight.”

Following the decision, Gruden said:

“We are going to let the process take care of itself. Good luck to the Raiders. Go Raiders. I don’t have anything [else] to comment on. This process will take care of itself. It’s good to be back in Vegas. I am going to see friends tonight.

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