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Jon Gruden’s Agent: Leak of Racist, Sexist Emails Was ‘Hit Job’ Against Ex-Raiders HC

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Bob LaMonte, the agent of former LasVegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, said Saturday the leak of his client’sracist, misogynistic and anti-gay emails was a “hit job.”

LaMonte said the 58-year-old Gruden was in a “state of shock” after his resignation from the Raiders after information regarding the emails premiered, per Ira Kaufman of JoeBucsFan.

“Also it was 10 years back. And thenwhy Jon and just why the Raiders? He wasn’t even yet in the league at thetime of these e-mails … that is the tragedy of it,” LaMonte said. “It is possible to say what you need, but if anyone really understands Jon,they know he’s not just a racist. That’s quite obvious. Nobody would eversay that.”

Gruden resigned because the Raiders’ headcoach in October following the NY Times published multiple emails from Gruden that included derogatory remarks directed toward NFLcommissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Players Association executivedirector DeMaurice Smith and defensive end Michael Sam, the league’sfirst openly gay player.

The emails, that have been sent between2011 and 2018, were unearthed within the NFL’s investigation into theWashington Commanders’ workplace culture since they were delivered to Bruce Allen, who was simply an associate of the team’s front office at thetime.

No other emails within the investigation have already been publicly released.

Gruden done ESPN’s Monday NightFootball broadcast team from 2009 until his go back to coaching withthe Raiders in 2018. Ahead of his broadcasting career, he was head coach of the Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he won the Super Bowl XXXVII title by the end of the2002 season.

Gruden filed case contrary to the NFLand Goodell in November, alleging the leak of the emails was anorchestrated try to “destroy [his] career and reputation.”

IN-MAY, a Nevada judge denied a motionby the NFL to dismiss the case.

“This wasn’t best for anybody,” LaMonte told Kaufman. “That is why he finished up suing the NFL andGoodellbecause everyone understands it had been wrong. You have 650,000e-mails and his six were chosen … and he wasn’t even yet in theleague. He prevailed in court and he’ll prevail again.”

Lamonte predicted an effort will be “devastating” to the league and said he expects Gruden will eventually go back to the sideline.

“I do believe in my own heart andsoul he’ll coach again,” LaMonte said. “I’d be very surprisedif he didn’t. My question is what did Jon do? Most peoplewouldn’t want their private emails from 10 days ago viewed.”

He added: “I could tell you at this time that was popular job.”

Gruden’s first head coaching job camewith the Raiders as the franchise was situated in Oakland, a tenurethat lasted from 1998 through 2001. He’d spent the prior twodecades being an assistant at the faculty and pro levels.

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