Former Raiders Coach Jon Gruden Sues NFL Over Leaked Racist Emails

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In a lawsuit filed Thursday in the Eighth Judicial District Court in Nevada, Gruden accused the league and Goodell for heading "a malicious and orchestrated campaign.”  

Former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden has sued the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell for trying to ruin his career after emails emerged showing him using racist, sexist and homophobic language.   

In October, Gruden resigned as the Raiders head coach stemming from those emails, which he reportedly wrote in 2011.   

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Nevada’s Eighth Judicial District Court, Gruden accused the league and Goodell of heading “a malicious and orchestrated campaign” against him. He believes that the commissioner and league officials leaked the emails during the season to deliver “maximum damage” to Gruden and the Raiders organization, according to NPR.   

“The complaint alleges that the defendants selectively leaked Gruden’s private correspondence to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times in order to harm Gruden’s reputation and force him out of his job,” Gruden’s attorney Adam Hosmer-Henner said in a statement to CNN. “There is no explanation or justification for why Gruden’s emails were the only ones made public out of the 650,000 emails collected in the NFL’s investigation of the Washington Football Team or for why the emails were held for months before being released in the middle of the Raiders’ season.”  

One 2011 email between Gruden and Bruce Allen, who was then the chairman of the Washington football team, referred to NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, who is Black, as “Dumboris Smith” whose “lips are the size of Michelin tires.”  

RELATED: Jon Gruden Resigns as Raiders Head Coach Amid Racist Email Scandal 

The lawsuit alleges that Gruden, who only served as coach for five games before resigning, has suffered “severe financial damages and harm to his career and reputation.”  

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