Jon Gruden’s emails also appear in WFT’s Daniel Snyder court file
Posted On October 13, 2021
Some of the vulgar emails that led to Jon Gruden’s resignation were submitted in court files by Washington football team owner Daniel Snyder four months ago in an attempt to compel the ‘Former Team Director Bruce Allen to hand over documents in an unrelated legal case.
The emails, which were filed in Arizona federal court and obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday, contain several of the exchanges between Gruden and Allen that were reported by The New York Times on Monday night – including one in which Gruden refers to Commissioner Roger. Goodell as an “ignorant anti-football (expletive)”.
Gruden’s name and email address are redacted in court documents, which only refer to exchanges between Allen and “a popular on-air ESPN figure at the time.” Goodell’s name is also written and replaced by “Football Person”.
Gruden, 58, resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday.
Snyder’s legal team filed the emails in June in an attempt to illustrate Allen’s relationship with members of the media, as part of a larger legal engagement to identify the source of the negative articles posted to his. topic over the summer by an India-based media company. Snyder is suing the company for libel.
In court records, Allen denied having any connection to the articles and said he had never contacted or been contacted by “anyone connected to any Indian Internet or media entity or publication.”
His lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday morning.
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Emails between Allen and Gruden, who previously worked together in Oakland and Tampa Bay, provide a window into the private discussions of two longtime NFL decision makers. They show that Gruden uses a homophobic term when referring to a team’s decision to sign an openly gay player, and Allen describing a former executive as an “idiot” and an anonymous player as a “thug.”
The emails also show communication between Allen, who was fired by Washington at the end of the 2019 season, and other members of the media.
In a 2018 email, Allen shares his take on players kneeling during the national anthem with Mark Levin, host of a conservative radio show. Allen tells Levin that the overwhelming majority of NFL players have never considered kneeling and that “the 10% of players and owners are the problem (see owner Jeff Lurie & 49ers).”
Another exchange shows ESPN reporter Adam Schefter asking Allen for comment on a 2011 story.
Schefter sent a draft of the story to Allen, whom he calls “Mr. Editor”, and told him to “please let me know if you see anything that should be added, changed, tweaked”. Rarely do journalists provide a draft of an article to a source before it is published.
“I’ve learned a long time in this area not to discuss the sources, the process or the way the stories are made,” Schefter said when asked about the exchange during an appearance with 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia on Wednesday. morning.
“But I would just say that basically it’s common practice to pass information on to previous sources, and in this particular case, during a labor-intensive lockout that was a complicated and new subject to understand, I again took the very rare step of passing information to one of the people I was talking to. You know, that was an important story for the fans, a lot of others. , and that’s the situation. “
ESPN said in a statement that, “Without sharing all the details of the reporter process for a story from 10 years ago during the NFL lockdown, we believe nothing is more important to Adam and ESPN than to to provide fans with the most accurate, fair and complete story. “
The Los Angeles Times first reported the exchange between Allen and Schefter on Tuesday night, while the Washington Post first reported that some of the emails between Allen and Gruden were contained in the Arizona court files. .