NFL Wants To Move Gruden Lawsuit To Arbitration; Gruden Calls It ‘Unconscionable’

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Jon Gruden called the NFL’s decision to send his case to arbitration “unconscionable,” as well as slamming the league’s stated concern about racial issues as “quite foolish now after the torrent of revelations against the NFL and Goodell that have recently come to light.”

One can assume he was referring to the Brian Flores lawsuit.

Gruden wrote disparaging emails to Washington Football Team owner Bruce Allen while working as a Monday Night Football analyst for ESPN from 2011 through 2018. More than 65,000 emails were looked through, as part of a investigation into the Commanders alleged sexual misconduct.

Gruden has accused Goodell of leaking the emails according to Nevada court filings. He also says the content of his emails was not the issue and the NFL got him fired through a smear campaign.

“Instead, the content of Gruden’s emails is irrelevant as the litigation involves Defendants’ conduct in selectively leaking documents and interfering with Gruden’s contractual relationships,” Gruden’s motion said.

The Athletic has more here.