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What happened to Jon Gruden? Revisiting the email scandal that ousted the Raiders head coach

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Turns out, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there.

When the Raiders take to the field this weekend against the Bengals, Rich Bisaccia will be boss of the Las Vegas bench in the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 2016 — not Jon Gruden.

Gruden’s unceremonious exit proved to be one of the first major points of adversity for the Raiders team this year, which ultimately ended in a winning season and a weekend showdown with Cincinnati.

When Gruden signed his 10-year, $100 million pact to return to the sidelines for the Raiders, few thought it would end in emails. Here is what happened :

What happened to Jon Gruden?

Jon Gruden’s tenure in the Raiders came to an abrupt end in October when homophobic, sexist, transphobic and otherwise offensive emails were uncovered, prompting his resignation.

As detailed in a New York Times report, the emails were sent to former Washington football team president Bruce Allen between 2010 and 2018, the season Gruden returned to the Raiders on a mega-deal. . In the emails, Gruden attacked Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith and the league as a whole.

The Times reported that Gruden called the commissioner “f—” and a “distraught anti-football f—”. Gruden also attacked Goodell for his “pressure” on the Rams to sign player Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, as well as throwing prejudice barbs at NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith.

MORE: Full breakdown of the Jon Gruden email debacle

Shortly after the emails leaked, Gruden signed his resignation papers, but his story with the NFL didn’t end there. Shortly after his ousting, Gruden filed a lawsuit against the NFL and Goodell, citing that the NFL essentially forced Gruden to quit after it appeared he would stay away from the Raiders.

“The defendants’ treatment of Gruden was Soviet-style libel,” Gruden’s lawyers say in the lawsuit. “There was no warning or process. The defendants withheld the emails for months until they were leaked to national media in the middle of the Raiders’ season in order to do maximum damage to Gruden.”

The NFL has responded, calling the claims unsubstantiated and the league plans to “vigorously defend against these claims.”

Jon Gruden’s contract after his resignation

In 2018, Gruden returned to the Raiders after signing a 10-year, $100 million deal, but it’s unclear how much money he’ll see.

While Gruden’s resignation means he loses the rest of the money on his contract, reports have indicated that Gruden and Las Vegas are working on a settlement package for the approximately $60 million remaining on the contract.

It’s unclear how much the Raiders and Gruden would end up settling on, should the two sides work out.



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