(PatriotWise.com)- Former NFL head coach Jon Gruden was pressured to resign from leading the Las Vegas Raiders recently after emails were leaked that revealed some controversial comments he made while he was an analyst for ESPN.
The emails in question were leaked to the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times in October, and showed messages with racist and misogynistic undertones. After resigning as head coach, Gruden filed a lawsuit against both the league as well as Commissioner Roger Goodell, saying the situation was a “Soviet-style character assassination.”
Now, a legendary broadcaster who calls Raiders games on the radio, is coming to his defense.
Brent Musburger, who apparently has talked with Gruden about the situation, said recently that he agrees with the now former coach’s viewpoint on the matter. On Wednesday, he said:
“As I told coach, whoever took you out, Jon, that was a paid assassin. That was one of the best hit jobs that I’ve ever been around. They didn’t go to their media g——-. They didn’t leak this to Adam Schefter or one of those guys that breaks stories. They first went to the Wall Street Journal. And when Gruden was still coaching after that, then they dumped the rest of it on the New York Times. That was a professional hit job.
“There was a second lawsuit involved, OK? Between the owner, [Daniel] Snyder of Washington, and a former general manager. And that means that a lot of outside people had access to those emails that they were going through. So, I think the hardest part for Gruden’s lawyers to prove is that somebody from the National Football League actually leaked that. Because if it is somebody from the NFL, shame on them. Because Mark Davis should have been told in the summer, when he had something to do about it.”
For their part, both the Washington Football Team and the NFL have denied that anyone from their camps leaked the emails to the press.
Parts of those emails were published in both the Times and WSJ in October. They were discussions that took place between Gruden and Bruce Allen, who at the time was serving as the team president of Washington.
When the emails were published, people were up in arms about what Gruden said about various members of the league — from some coaches and owners to the head of the NFL Players Association and others.
After they were all leaked and published, Gruden apologized for the comments he made about DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFLPA, as well as the other things he said to Allen.
Two former NFL stars who at one point played for Gruden also came to his defense in the days after the emails were published. Both Tim Brown and Randall Cunningham, who are Black, both said they supported Gruden.
Still, that wasn’t enough to save his job, as he parted ways with the Raiders organization a few weeks ago.