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Jon Gruden’s agent says ex-head coach’s leaked emails were ‘successful work’

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Jon Gruden resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders last October after it was reported that he had sent racist, misogynistic and homophobic emails to commissioner Roger Goodell and the executive director of the NFL Players Association DeMaurice Smith, among others in emails.

However, his agent believes the league was there to catch him.


Raiders head coach Jon Gruden reacts against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at Allegiant Stadium.
(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

“I can tell you right now it was a blockbuster job,” Bob LaMonte told

LaMonte questioned why the league waited months to release the information and why the league seemed to be solely focused on Gruden. The emails were discovered during the league’s investigation into the work culture of Washington commanders.

“Why now, of all things, does this come out of an investigation that had already gone missing?” said LaMonte. “And that was 10 years ago. And then why Jon and why the Raiders? He wasn’t even in the league at the time of those emails… This is tragedy. Say what you want , but if someone really understands Jon, they know he’s not racist. It’s pretty obvious. No one would ever say that.”

Gruden is suing the NFL and its commissioner, Roger Goodell, because he too believes the league tried to ruin his career. A judge denied the NFL’s idea of ​​dismissing the case,

“Everyone knows it was wrong,” his agent said. “You’ve got 650,000 emails and his six’s been picked…and he wasn’t even in the league. He prevailed in court and he’ll prevail again.”

Jon Gruden’s agent says ex-head coach’s leaked emails were ‘successful work’

Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden takes on the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Raiders’ final game at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum before moving to Las Vegas for the 2020 season.
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LaMonte echoes comments from Raiders announcer Brent Musberger last year.

“Like I told the coach, whoever took you out, Jon, he was a paid assassin,” Musburger said in an interview with Las Vegas Sports Network’s JT the Brick. “It was one of the most successful jobs I’ve ever had.

Gruden had signed a 10-year, $100 million contract with the Raiders in January 2018 after nine years away from coaching, but everything seemed to snowball pretty quickly, and he left after just four seasons.

Although he is not a coach, LaMonte says his love for football has not wavered.

“The guy watches movies all day, that’s what he does. He’s a football addict and you took it away from him,” he said.

LaMonte said the situation “had a really bad impact on” Gruden and his “family was destroyed”, but he is “much better now” and thinks he will be a coach again.

“I think Jon looks younger, happier and better now. He’s an infinitely wealthy person and the irony of this lawsuit is that everyone says he’s going to make a fortune, he doesn’t really need the money. All Jon Gruden wants is his life back – and he’s going to get it back.”

Jon Gruden’s agent says ex-head coach’s leaked emails were ‘successful work’

Current or former players, as well as people in leadership positions at NFL clubs, expressed differing opinions this week about the pervasiveness of the kinds of racist, homophobic and misogynistic thoughts expressed by Jon Gruden – in emails which he wrote from 2011-18, when he was an ESPN analyst between coaching jobs, and then Washington club manager Bruce Allen remains in the sport to this day.
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Gruden hid the then Oakland Raiders in the AFC Championship game in 2000. In his first year as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he won Super Bowl XXXVII against his former Raiders.

He was placed in the Bucs’ Ring of Honor in 2017 but was removed last year amid the scandal.


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