Jon Gruden (Ethan Miller/Getty Photos)
Bob LaMonte, the agent of former Las
Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, mentioned Saturday the leak of his consumer’s
racist, misogynistic and anti-gay emails was a “hit job.”
LaMonte mentioned the 58-year-old Gruden was in a “state of shock” after his resignation from the Raiders after details about the emails was launched, per Ira Kaufman of JoeBucsFan.
“And it was 10 years in the past. After which
why Jon and why the Raiders? He wasn’t even within the league on the
time of these e-mails … that is the tragedy of it,” LaMonte mentioned. “You’ll be able to say what you need, but when anybody actually understands Jon,
they know he is not a racist. That is fairly apparent. Nobody would ever
Gruden resigned because the Raiders’ head
coach in October after the New York Times revealed a number of emails from Gruden that included derogatory remarks directed towards NFL
commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Gamers Affiliation govt
director DeMaurice Smith and defensive finish Michael Sam, the league’s
first brazenly homosexual participant.
The emails, which had been despatched between
2011 and 2018, had been unearthed as a part of the NFL’s investigation into the
Washington Commanders’ office tradition as a result of they had been despatched to Bruce Allen, who was a member of the workforce’s entrance workplace on the
No different emails discovered within the investigation have been publicly launched.
Gruden labored on ESPN’s Monday Evening
Soccer broadcast workforce from 2009 till his return to teaching with
the Raiders in 2018. Previous to his broadcasting profession, he was head coach of the Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the place he gained the Tremendous Bowl XXXVII title on the finish of the
Gruden filed a lawsuit in opposition to the NFL
and Goodell in November, alleging the leak of the emails was an
orchestrated try and “destroy [his] profession and status.”
In Might, a Nevada choose denied a motion
by the NFL to dismiss the case.
“This wasn’t good for anyone,” LaMonte advised Kaufman. “That is why he ended up suing the NFL and
Goodell—as a result of everybody is aware of it was unsuitable. You may have 650,000
e-mails and his six had been picked out … and he wasn’t even within the
league. He prevailed in courtroom and he’ll prevail once more.”
Lamonte predicted a trial could be “devastating” to the league and mentioned he expects Gruden will finally return to the sideline.
“I actually imagine in my coronary heart and
soul he’ll coach once more,” LaMonte mentioned. “I would be very stunned
if he did not. My query is what did Jon actually do? Most individuals
would not need their personal emails from 10 days in the past checked out.”
He added: “I can let you know proper now that was successful job.”
Gruden’s first head teaching job got here
with the Raiders whereas the franchise was situated in Oakland, a tenure
that lasted from 1998 via 2001. He’d spent the earlier two
a long time as an assistant on the faculty and professional ranges.