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How an investigation of the Washington Football Team led to the resignation of the Las Vegas Raiders’ head coach

Neither have been the Raiders.

In truth, the questionable emails have been uncovered as half of a league investigation into office misconduct at the Washington Football Team (WFT), which is regarding to many observers, given the fashionable National Football League’s efforts to change into extra inclusive and numerous.

“The query we must be asking just isn’t actually [about] the existence of the e-mails, however what’s the tradition in the NFL, interval,” mentioned Jemelle Hill, a contributing author for The Atlantic.

“And this tradition has existed since the very inception of the NFL… It’s about all the individuals he was emailing. And individuals notice that he was emailing backwards and forwards… So if that is the pervasive perspective, if that is the group assume in the NFL, Black individuals do not have an opportunity of being in management in the NFL in any respect as a result of this isn’t nearly Jon Gruden.”

On Tuesday, the attorneys for 40 former Washington Football Team workers whose complaints prompted the league investigation known as for the full disclosure of the NFL’s findings.

“It is really outrageous that after the NFL’s 10-month-long investigation involving tons of of witnesses and 650,000 paperwork associated to the longtime tradition of harassment and abuse at the Washington Football Team, the solely individual to be held accountable and lose their job is the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders,” the attorneys, Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, mentioned in a press release.

“If the NFL felt it applicable to launch these offensive emails from Jon Gruden … it should additionally launch the findings associated to the precise goal of that investigation. Our purchasers and the public at massive deserve transparency and accountability. If not, the NFL and Roger Goodell should clarify why they seem intent on defending the Washington Football Team and proprietor Dan Snyder in any respect prices.”

The league investigation mentioned Snyder was liable for the membership’s unprofessional and intimidating tradition, and failed to set up a respectful work atmosphere.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy mentioned Wednesday that no extra investigation particulars could be launched for confidentiality causes.

Critics had known as for Gruden, who had coached the Raiders since the starting of the 2018 season, to be fired since The Wall Street Journal reported Friday he used racially insensitive language to describe NFL Players Association government director DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 electronic mail.

On Monday, the New York Times reported it reviewed extra emails and located Gruden denounced girls being employed as on-field officers, a workforce drafting an brazenly homosexual participant, and the tolerance for nationwide anthem protesters.

Many of the emails, masking a seven-year interval, have been despatched to Bruce Allen, the Washington workforce’s then-president, who was fired in December 2019, in accordance to the Times.

A league supply confirmed the accuracy of the Times’ story to CNN.

Gruden had despatched the emails whereas he labored as an ESPN analyst.

The emails have been uncovered by the league and offered to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell final week, the supply mentioned. The league final week despatched the emails to the Raiders and mentioned it had been ready for the workforce to evaluation them with Gruden.

“I like the Raiders and are not looking for to be a distraction. Thank you to all the gamers, coaches, workers, and followers of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I by no means meant to damage anybody,” Gruden mentioned in a press release issued by the Raiders on Monday.

In one message, Gruden known as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a “p*ssy” and a “f*ggot,” in accordance to the Times. In one other, he known as Michael Sam a “queer” after the participant was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2014, and Gruden mentioned the league mustn’t have pressured the workforce’s then coach to draft Sam, the Times reported.

Michael Sam publicly revealed he was homosexual forward of the draft; he in the end by no means performed a daily season recreation in the league.

NFL veteran Ryan Russell, who got here out as bisexual in 2019, instructed CNN’s “New Day” league efforts to make the sport more inclusive should not stop with Gruden’s resignation.

“Jon Gruden wasn’t sending these emails to himself. There have been different those that knew about it,” Russell mentioned. “There have been different those that have been concerned throughout the league and this went unchecked for years, so no, resigning just isn’t accountability. It’s not sufficient.”

NFL reporter Ian Rapoport mentioned Gruden misplaced credibility inside the Raiders locker room, particularly given Carl Nassib — who grew to become the first lively NFL participant in league historical past to announce he’s homosexual earlier this yr — performs for Las Vegas.

The truth 1000’s of emails from the investigation have but to be made public has many league observers asking who else might be uncovered.

“It’s a protected assumption to say that there are loads of Jon Grudens in the NFL and I assume I simply do not have the confidence that this league can actually put itself in self-check as a result of that is the identical league that desires individuals to purchase that they’re invested in attacking this situation as a result of they’ve ‘End Racism’ finish in finish zones, as a result of they’ve dedicated to social justice work,” Hill mentioned.

In July, the NFL introduced it fined the WFT $10 million after an impartial investigation discovered the membership’s work atmosphere was “extremely unprofessional,” particularly for ladies.

The nice comes after 15 former feminine workers and two journalists who lined the workforce accused workforce staffers of sexual harassment and verbal abuse. The WFT launched an investigation final July, which the NFL took over in August.

The league pledged the $10 million might be used to “assist organizations dedicated to character training, anti-bullying, wholesome relationships and associated subjects.”

The NFL may even use the cash to fund applications aimed toward bettering the office for ladies and underrepresented teams, in accordance to a press release.

Gruden’s emails have been uncovered as half of that investigation.

CNN’s Steve Almasy, Kevin Dotson, David Close, Jill Martin, and Ben Church contributed.

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