Neither do the Raiders.
“The question we should be asking ourselves is not really [about] the existence of emails, but what is the culture in the NFL, period, “said Jemelle Hill, a contributor to The Atlantic.
“And that culture has been around since the very inception of the NFL … It’s about all the people he emailed to. And people realize he was exchanging emails … So , if it’s the ubiquitous attitude, if it’s the group thinks in the NFL, black people don’t stand a chance to be the head of the NFL because it’s not just about Jon Gruden . “
âThe way I grew up, the Raiders have always been about diversity,â he said, referring to the leadership of the late Al Davis, the former owner.
âThey had the first Latino quarterback, Tom Flores. He also became the second Latino head coach. The first African American head coach was Art Shell. The first female CEO was Amy Trask.”
Mayock said Davis’ son and current owner Mark had gone through a “tough week,” but that Mark Davis – during the CEO’s three-year tenure – had “preached” for diversity and social justice and against domestic violence.
On Tuesday, lawyers for 40 former employees of the Washington football team whose complaints prompted the league’s investigation called for full disclosure of the NFL’s findings.
âIt is truly outrageous that after the 10-month NFL investigation involving hundreds of witnesses and 650,000 documents related to the long-standing culture of harassment and abuse within the Washington football team, the only person to be held responsible and to lose his job is the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, “attorneys Lisa Banks and Debra Katz said in a statement.
âIf the NFL has deemed it appropriate to release these offensive emails from Jon Grudenâ¦ it must also release the findings relating to the actual target of this investigation. Our customers and the general public deserve transparency and accountability. Otherwise, the NFL and Roger Goodell must explain why they seem determined to protect the Washington football team and its owner Dan Snyder at all costs. “
The league’s investigation found that Snyder was responsible for the club’s unprofessional and intimidating culture and failed to establish a respectful work environment.
League spokesman Brian McCarthy said on Wednesday that no further details of the investigation would be released for reasons of confidentiality.
On Monday, the New York Times reported that it looked at more emails and found that Gruden had denounced women employed as field officials, a team drafting an openly gay player and tolerance of national anthem protesters.
Numerous emails, spanning a period of seven years, were sent to Bruce Allen, then president of the Washington team, who was sacked in December 2019, according to the Times.
A league source confirmed the Times story to CNN for accuracy.
Gruden had sent the emails while working as an ESPN analyst.
The emails were discovered by the league and presented to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week, the source said. The league sent the emails to the Raiders last week and said they are waiting for the team to review them with Gruden.
âI love the Raiders and I don’t want to be a distraction. Thank you to all Raider Nation players, coaches, staff and fans. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone,â Gruden said. in a statement released by the Raiders on Monday.
In a post, Gruden called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell “p * ssy” and “f * ggot,” according to the Times. In another, he called Michael Sam a “queer” after the player was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2014, and Gruden said the league shouldn’t have put pressure on the coach. team at the time to draft Sam, The Times reported.
Michael Sam has publicly revealed he was gay before the draft; he ultimately never played a regular season game in the league.
âJon Gruden wasn’t sending himself those emails. There were other people who knew that,â Russell said. “There were other people involved in the league and it went unchecked for years, so no, resigning is not a responsibility. It is not enough.”
Mayock said on Wednesday he had met Nassib and the player had requested a day off.
“He just said he has a lot to deal with,” the managing director said of Nassib. “A lot has happened in the past few days and of course we support this request.”
The fact that thousands of emails from the investigation have yet to be made public has led many league watchers to ask who else would be exposed.
“It’s a safe guess to say that there are a lot of Jon Grudens in the NFL and I guess I just don’t have the confidence that this league can really go into self-control because it’s the same league that wants people to buy that they are invested in the fight against this problem because they have the end of racism in the end zones, because they are engaged in the work of social justice, “said Hill.
In July, the NFL announced it had fined the WFT $ 10 million after an independent investigation found the club’s work environment to be “very unprofessional”, especially for women. .
The league pledged the $ 10 million will be used to “support organizations engaged in character education, anti-bullying, healthy relationships and related matters.”
The NFL will also use the money to fund programs to improve the workplace for women and under-represented groups, according to a statement.
Gruden’s emails were discovered as part of this investigation.
CNN’s Homero De La Fuente, Steve Almasy, Kevin Dotson, David Close, Jill Martin and Ben Church contributed.