Former Raiders coach Jon Gruden sues NFL and commissioner

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  • Former Las Vegas Raiders head coach John Gruden, who resigned last month following racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments, is suing the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell.
  • The lawsuit also alleges that Gruden was “forced” to resign.
  • NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy on Friday called Gruden’s allegations “completely baseless” and said it would “vigorously defend against these claims.”

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Former Las Vegas Raiders coach John Gruden, who resigned last month following revelations that he made racist, homophobic and misogynistic remarks, is suing the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell.

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“Through a malicious and well-planned campaign, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell sought to destroy the career and reputation of former Las Vegas Raiders head coach John Gruden,” said the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Clark County District Court in Nevada. “

The lawsuit also alleges that Gruden was “forced” to resign.

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NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy on Friday called Gruden’s allegations “completely baseless” and said it would “vigorously defend against these claims.”

Gruden’s move to take legal action comes after reports that his email included a previous racist comment about NFL players’ union chief Demoris Smith, as well as sexist and homophobic language.

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