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For Jon Gruden, Former Raiders Coach, Losses Continue to Mount

  • October 13, 2021

No formal accounting of the investigation was released at the time, only a short summary. Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, lawyers who were representing 40 former team employees, inveighed against that decision at the time, saying that the league was protecting the team’s owner, Daniel Snyder, by keeping the findings private. Banks and Katz renewed their push on Tuesday after Gruden’s resignation.

“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 Las Vegas Raiders,” they said in a statement. “Our clients and the public at large deserve transparency and accountability. If not, the N.F.L. and Roger Goodell must explain why they appear intent on protecting the Washington Football Team and owner Dan Snyder at all costs.”

Gruden also lost his endorsement contract with the footwear and apparel company Skechers, which in a statement cited a zero-tolerance policy for behavior that opposes its belief in “equality, fostering tolerance and understanding for all people.” On Wednesday, EA Sports announced that it would remove Gruden from its Madden NFL 22 video game. The company said it “is committed to taking action in maintaining a culture of inclusion and equity.”

Gruden also may have lost the respect of one of his former players, Carl Nassib, who is the first active N.F.L. player to publicly declare that he is gay.

Gruden, in one email, used a derogatory term when he wrote that Commissioner Roger Goodell shouldn’t have pressured the Rams to draft gay players. Gruden was referring to Michael Sam, a gay player taken in 2014. When Nassib came out in June, Gruden praised his decision. Nassib has not commented publicly on Gruden’s emails, but when the Raiders reconvened Wednesday for practice, Nassib was not there.

“He requested a personal day today,” Mayock told reporters. “He just said he’s got a lot to process, there’s a lot that’s been going on the last few days, and of course, we support that request.”

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