Jon Gruden was ancillary damage, why won't the NFL tell us more about WFT e-mails?
Don't misinterpret this headline, Jon Gruden should not be allowed to be a leader of men in the NFL. There are ZERO questions about that, particularly after the e-mail release over the past week or so.
However, lost in all of the hoopla is something that some of us want to know, but nobody is willing to share.....
What about the other 650,000 reported e-mails in the alleged investigation of the craziness during the past decade of the Washington Football Team's operations.
Right now, everything is focused on Gruden and the reportedly stupid and horrific things he said in years worth of e-mails with former Washington Football Team flunky Bruce Allen. Allen is no longer in the league for a variety of reasons the biggest being gross incompetence.
What's weird to me, is Allen was someone Gruden felt comfortable with and a few e-mails from ESPN NFL PR guy Adam Schefter have surface too.
Schefter is garnering heat for an e-mail that showed him running a story by Allen to make sure it was correct. It's a journalism no-no of sorts. Asking on the telephone if something is correct is one thing, sending the actual story for a source to approve or not approve---is something else.
Schefter apologized Wednesday on Philadelphia Sports Talk radio.
“I’ve learned for a long time in this business not to discuss sources, or the process, or how stories are done. But I would just say that its a common practice to run information past sources. And in this particular case, during a labor intensive lockout that was a complicated subject that was new to understand. I took the extra rare step to run information past one of the people that I was talking to. You know, it was an important story to fans; a host of others, and that’s the situation.”
Added together, all of this makes us wonder what the hell is going on with this "e-mail" investigation and why were these the only ones who seem to have found their way into the public eye?
Is the NFL holding out on us? Is there more there? Could the some of the others be worse? So many questions and so few answers.
We know the league has been looking into the business dealings, the workplace culture and various misdeeds by Football Team owner Daniel Snyder and his underlings. That investigation has been going on for now going on two plus years.
So far, the only casualties: The now former coach of the Las Vegas Raiders and some heat on an ESPN "Insider".
Why is nobody from the WFT mentioned? Why are none of their former executives who ran something akin to a "billionaire boys club" according to various reports, in any trouble here? I don't understand. I don't think you understand either.
Let's hope some of the deeply talented investigative reporters around news and sports start unearthing some answers.
By the way--the angry, spoiled, rich, white, race-baiting trolls who say Gruden was "cancelled"---just shut the hell up. You really don't deserve the self-serving acknowledgment that you are looking for. Yeah, there are instances where someone said a stupid thing 10-15 years ago and loses a job because of it even though it may not represent anything they are about now, I firmly agree with that.
This is not one of those situations.
You can argue until you are blue in the face, but just by the fact these e-mails were found to exist means Gruden could not coach any longer. There would be no way a player of any race or nationality could look him in the eye and believe anything he said. Nobody in the team's front office of any gender or orientation could take anything he could say seriously. THAT is why the guy is no longer employed.
I don't know about you, I really, really want to know what kind of craziness sits in the Bruce Allen e-mail archive. I want to know who could be in trouble, who said something they shouldn't.
I also want to know who led to the culture in Washington that scared off women, tried to make cheerleaders act as escorts and other bizarre things that happened behind the office doors there.
Until the NFL is forthcoming, everyone else is just going to get caught up in the jet wash.