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Monday, October 25, 2021

Gruden, Already Out of a Job, Is Losing Relationships Too

There was no official investigation report published at the time, only a summary of it. Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, lawyers who represented 40 of the team’s former employees, opposed the decision at the time, saying the league was protecting team owner Daniel Snyder by keeping the results under wraps. Banks and Katz renewed their efforts on Tuesday following Gruden’s resignation.

“It is truly outrageous that after a 10 month NFL investigation involving hundreds of witnesses and 650,000 documents related to a long culture of harassment and abuse on the Washington football team, the only person to be held accountable and lose their job is the Las Vegas Raiders coach.” , – said in a statement. “Our customers and the general public deserve transparency and accountability. Otherwise, the NFL and Roger Goodell must explain why they seem intent on protecting the Washington football team and owner Dan Snyder at all costs.

Gruden also lost his contract with the shoe and clothing company Skechers, which in a statement cited a zero-tolerance policy against behavior that contradicts his belief in “equality, fostering tolerance and understanding for all people.” EA Sports announced Wednesday that it will remove Gruden from its Madden NFL 22 video game. The company said it is “committed to maintaining a culture of inclusion and fairness.”

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Gruden also may have lost the respect of one of his former players, Karl Nasib, who became the first active NFL player to publicly declare he was gay.

In one email, Gruden used a derogatory term when he wrote that Commissioner Roger Goodell should not have pressured the Rams to call on gay players. Gruden was referring to Michael Sam, a gay player taken in 2014. When Nasib came out in June, Gruden praised his decision. Nasib did not publicly comment on Gruden’s emails, but when the Raiders gathered on Wednesday for training, Nasib was not there.

“He asked for a personal day today,” Mayok said. told reporters… “He just said that he has a lot to process, a lot has happened in the last few days, and of course we support this request.”

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