Many are closely following Commissioner Roger Goodell’s testimony before Congress. Lawyers representing former Raiders coach John Gruden watch and listen.
“It is clear from Commissioner Goodell’s testimony today that the NFL continues to resist factual accountability and only wishes to be selectively transparent,” attorney Adam Hosmer-Henner said in a statement released Wednesday. “In John Gruden’s lawsuit, a Nevada court has completely dismissed an attempt by the NFL and Commissioner Goodell to call arbitration and hide their behavior from the public. If they do file an appeal, we welcome the opportunity for the Nevada Supreme Court to issue an opinion upholding the decision and invalidating the NFL Constitution and the unfair arbitration provisions that the NFL has been hiding behind for so long. John Gruden’s struggle is important not only to himself, but to many others, and there will be no real accountability until NFL misconduct is no longer discussed behind closed doors.”
The appeal clock hasn’t started ticking yet because a final order has yet to be issued denying the NFL’s attempt to take Gruden’s lawsuit to the NFL’s secret, rigged kangaroo court.
Gruden’s lawsuit arose directly from the situation with the commanders, as the emails leaked to the media came from a set of emails collected as part of the investigation. If the league successfully arbitrates the case, it will have much more power to hide the details of who leaked the material so that it does not become public.