Nevada court sends Jon Gruden case to arbitration, sides with NFL

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A Nevada Supreme Court panel sided with the NFL against former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden, reversing a district court’s order that denied the NFL’s motion to send Gruden’s complaint into its arbitration process.

Unless successfully appealed, Gruden’s case — stemming from a 2021 lawsuit in which his lawyers said he was “forced to resign” — will not move forward in public and will instead fall under the NFL’s arbitration provision.

The case was remanded to the district court with an order to grant the motion for arbitration, according to the Nevada Appellate Court docket.

Calls to Gruden and his agent Bob LaMonte were not immediately returned. An NFL spokesperson declined to comment.

Gruden, in court filings, previously called it “unconscionable” that the NFL wanted to move his lawsuit to arbitration. Last year, his attorneys filed motions opposing the NFL’s motion to dismiss his case and another opposing the league’s motion to move the case to arbitration.

In the lawsuit, Gruden accused NFL commissioner Roger Goodell of leaking his emails that included racist and homophobic content as part of a campaign in 2021 to have him fired. Gruden ultimately resigned as the Raiders’ coach. The NFL denied leaking the emails.

Gruden sent the emails in question while he worked from 2011 to 2018 as a “Monday Night Football” commentator at ESPN to then Washington’s president Bruce Allen. More than 650,000 Allen emails were reviewed as part of the league’s investigation into sexual harassment and workplace culture at the Commanders.

Gruden resigned under pressure in October 2021 and filed the lawsuit the following month.

The NFL’s compulsory arbitration provision is found in two places: employee contracts and the NFL constitution. In the employment contract, there is also a provision incorporating the constitution.

Gruden previously said in a signed declaration that he was “never provided a copy of the version of the NFL Constitution and Bylaws that was attached to Defendants Motion To Compel arbitration.”

He also argued the arbitration provision in his employment contract was between him and the Raiders, not the NFL, and that the NFL arbitration process in the constitution no longer applied to him as an ex-employee.

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