Many are carefully watching Commissioner Roger Goodell’s testimony before Congress. Lawyers representing former Raiders coach Jon Gruden are watching and listening.
“It was clear from Commissioner Goodell’s testimony today that the NFL continues to resist actual accountability and is only prepared to be selectively transparent,” Attorney Adam Hosmer Henner said in a statement released Wednesday. “In Jon Gruden’s lawsuit, the Nevada court comprehensively rejected the NFL and Commissioner Goodell’s attempt to compel arbitration and conceal their conduct from the public. If they appeal, we welcome the opportunity of the Nevada Supreme Court to issue a published opinion confirming the ruling and invalidating the NFL Constitution and arbitration provisions. The unfairness that the NFL has hid for so long. Jon Gruden’s fight matters more to many people than himself and there will be no real accountability until NFL misconduct stops being dealt with behind closed doors.”
The appeal clock has yet to start, because a final order has not yet been entered denying the NFL’s attempt to force Groden’s lawsuit into the NFL’s fraudulent secret kangaroo court.
Gruden’s lawsuit arose directly from the leaders’ position, because the emails leaked to the media came from a batch of emails collected as part of the investigation. If the league succeeds in moving the issue to arbitration, it will be in a much better position to retain details about who leaked the material than to appear to the public.