By Max Harper
The NFL has no current plans to release any additional emails that were reviewed during its investigation into the Washington Football Team and the team’s culture, the league confirmed to The Athletic.
The NFL said aside from former Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s emails that were flagged, it hasn’t identified anything that needed to be reported to club or league leadership.
Gruden resigned as head coach of the Raiders on Monday night after a New York Times report the same day revealed he used racist, homophobic and sexist language in emails, including some attacking NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, over several years while working as an analyst on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”
The emails were sent over a seven-year period to then-Washington team president Bruce Allen. Gruden worked with Allen in Oakland in his first stint with the Raiders and later with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Athletic obtained an email in which Gruden referenced Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, by the Rams in 2014, and said Goodell should not have pressured then-Rams head coach Jeff Fisher to draft “queers.”
In other emails, according to the Times, Gruden referred to Goodell on several occasions using homophobic slurs and expletives, and also called him a “clueless anti football pussy”; denounced the emergence of women as referees; exchanged photos of women wearing only bikini bottoms, including a photo of two Washington team cheerleaders; and said Eric Reid, the former 49ers and Panthers safety who knelt during the national anthem, should be fired.