Back in November, former Raiders head coach Jon Gruden filed a lawsuit against the NFL and league commissioner Roger Goodell in Nevada state court. The latest update on this situation is very interesting to say the least.
According to Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic, the NFL's response to Gruden's lawsuit is due this Wednesday.
Kaplan believes the NFL will try to move this case into arbitration while seeking to dismiss it. Mike Florio of ProFootball Talk made a similar prediction earlier this week.
"As previously explained, the NFL will likely file a motion to dismiss the case, arguing that Gruden must submit the controversy to arbitration under his Raiders contract or any other document to which the league plausibly can point," Florio wrote, via ProFootballTalk.
Gruden's legal team believes he was “forced to resign” from his role with the Raiders.
“When their initial salvo did not result in Gruden’s firing or resignation, Defendants ratcheted up the pressure by intimating that further documents would become public if Gruden was not fired,” the lawsuit states, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “They followed through with this threat by leaking another batch of documents to the New York Times for an October 11, 2021 article. On October 7, 2021, Jon Gruden was the head coach of the Raiders on a 10-year, $100-million contract. By October 11, 2021, he had been forced to resign.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy immediately denied these allegations, saying they're "entirely meritless."
It's unclear how long it'll take for this matter to be put to rest.