According to someone familiar with the documents, no other NFL team or league personnel have sent emails that contained racist, homophobic, or misogynistic language like those written by Jon Gruden, which led to Gruden’s resignation as Las Vegas Raiders coach.
The person with knowledge of the investigation and emails said that the league did not “identify other areas or other individuals it had to contact at club leadership levels or league leadership levels.” The league has not released the 650,000 emails collected by independent investigators during an investigation into sexual harassment at Washington Football Team.
The person stated that the NFL had not identified any issues similar to those you saw with Jon Gruden. Other than the similarities to Gruden’s comments, the person didn’t address any other potential issues that were found in emails.
Gruden, Raiders coach, resigned Monday after offensive comments were made in emails from 2011-18 to Bruce Allen (Washington club executive). Gruden wasn’t in the NFL during these years. He was an ESPN analyst.
If Allen tried to return to the NFL, the person stated that the NFL would investigate him.
Also, the NFL has mischaracterized Gruden’s correspondences to Allen as being similar to those of Jeff Pash, top league counsel. According to the person, Pash finds these emails in “a different category” and considers them “appropriate.”
Pash has been an intermediary between the NFL office, teams and Pash for many years.
Although there were many topics Pash and Allen discussed in emails, the NFL determined that Pash was not too friendly with Washington’s team president. There also wasn’t anything that “led in any way to undue influence that led to any gains for the Washington Football Team.”
The league docked the franchise $36 million in salary caps room in 2012 and 2013, with Pash heavily involved in the investigation that led to this discipline.
It is also unclear when the NFL became aware of the contents of the emails. This information was discovered at the conclusion of the Washington franchise investigation. The investigating firm considered the emails beyond their scope. The league began reviewing emails that it had become aware of as potentially concerning and started to investigate them.
This led to Gruden emails.
The NFL and the investigating firm have cited Confidentiality in the Washington Football Team case. They are not releasing any details publicly. Most of the people who took part in the investigation were promised anonymity.
The league is not happy that Allen’s emails were leaked. However, Gruden’s emails have been the only comment.
The person stated that the league was concerned and not happy about what was viewed as confidential email communications and parts of confidential investigations appearing in the newspaper.
DeMaurice Smith, chief of the NFL Players Association, demanded that the league release all emails pertaining to the investigation.
He tweeted, “Our players deserve an accounting of any other NFL misconduct.”