Many are watching Commissioner Roger Goodell’s testimony before Congress carefully. Lawyers representing former Raiders coach Jon Gruden are watching and listening.
“It is apparent from Commissioner Goodell’s testimony today that the NFL still resists actual accountability and only wishes to be transparent in a selective manner,” attorney Adam Hosmer-Henner said in a statement released Wednesday. “In the Jon Gruden lawsuit, the Nevada court comprehensively dismissed the NFL and Commissioner Goodell’s attempt to impose arbitration and conceal their conduct from the public. If they appeal, we welcome the opportunity for the Nevada Supreme Court to issue a published opinion affirming the ruling and invalidating the NFL Constitution and unfair arbitration provisions the NFL has hidden for so long Jon Gruden’s fight matters to many more people that he and true accountability will not exist until the NFL’s misconduct is dealt with behind closed doors.
The clock for an appeal has not yet begun to tick, as a final order has yet to be issued dismissing the NFL’s attempt to force Gruden’s trial in the secret and rigged NFL Court.
Gruden’s lawsuit stems directly from the commanders’ situation, since the emails that were leaked to the media were from a collection of emails that were collected as part of the investigation. If the league succeeds in getting the case to arbitration, it will be in a much better position to keep details about who leaked the documents from being made public.