The lawyers for former NFL coach and analyst Jon Gruden released a statement Wednesday, criticizing commissioner Roger Goodell and the league’s lack of transparency.
Goodell defended the league’s decision not to release a written report from its findings on Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder’s inappropriate workplace conduct and the team’s toxic workplace environment, while testifying before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.
Instead, Goodell said confidentiality was promised to ensure victims would step forward in the investigation.
“It was apparent from Commissioner Goodell’s testimony today that the NFL is still resisting actual accountability and is only willing to be selectively transparent,” attorney Adam Hosmer-Henner said in a statement sent to USA TODAY on Wednesday.
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Gruden’s lawsuit stems from his 2021 resignation as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after emails he sent were uncovered as part of the league’s investigation into Washington’s workplace environment.
Gruden is suing the NFL and Goodell for leaking emails sent between 2010-2018 – which contained sexist, homophobic and misogynistic remarks – to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times last October.
Gruden’s lawyers won a crucial ruling last month when a Las Vegas judge denied the NFL’s motions to force the lawsuit into arbitration and to dismiss it altogether. By avoiding arbitration, which would prevent case findings from being publicized, Gruden hopes to publicly uncover whether Goodell or any other NFL figure released the emails.
“In the Jon Gruden 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 do appeal, we welcome the opportunity for the Nevada Supreme Court to issue a published opinion confirming the ruling and invalidating the NFL Constitution and the unfair arbitration provisions that the NFL has hidden behind for so long.
“Jon Gruden’s fight matters to many more people than just himself and real accountability won’t exist until the NFL’s misconduct stops being addressed behind closed doors.”
Gruden worked for ESPN as an analyst on Monday Night Football during the time the emails were sent.
Gruden alleges the NFL leaked his emails to harm his reputation and force him out of his job.
Mishael Morgan becomes first Black artist to win Best Actress Daytime Emmy
Mishael Morgan won the Best Lead Actress Daytime Emmy Award on Friday. Photo courtesy of CBS
June 25 (UPI) — The Young & the Restless star Mishael Morgan became the first Black artist to win a Daytime Emmy Award in the Best Lead Actress category in Pasadena Friday night.
“I was born on a tiny island in the Caribbean, and I’m now standing on an international stage and I am being honored regardless of the color of my skin, regardless of my passport, for being the best at what I do,” Morgan said as she accepted her statuette.
“Now there are little girls around the world and no matter what the industry, the vocation … they can strive to be the best.”
The actress also thanked viewers for their support since she joined the soap opera in 2013.
“I am so immensely proud of our generation,” she said. “We are breaking glass ceilings left right and center and I am so honored to be a vessel and to experience this moment. Everybody out there today, we can do this thing called equality and unity together.”
BTS’ ‘Proof’ tops U.S. album chart
BTS’ “Proof” is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. File Photo by Oliver Contreras/UPI | License Photo
June 25 (UPI) — K-pop group BTS’ Proof is the No. 1 album in the United States this week.
Coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart dated Saturday is Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti, followed by Harry Styles’ Harry’s House at No. 3, Post Malone’s Twelve Carat Toothache at No. 4 and Future’s I Never Liked You at No. 5.
Rounding out the top tier are Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album at No. 6, Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers at No. 7, Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour at No. 8, SZA’s Ctrl at No. 9 and Carrie Underwood’s Denim & Rhinestones at No. 10.
Shooting at Oslo, Norway, gay bar leaves 2 dead
Police investigate the scene after several shots were fired outside the London Pub in the center of Oslo, Norway, on Saturday. Photo by Javad Parsa/EPA-EFE
June 25 (UPI) — Oslo, Norway, canceled its gay pride parade and raised its terror threat to the highest level Saturday after a shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub left two people dead and 21 injured, authorities said.
The shooting took place at 1:14 a.m. Saturday at the London Pub, a second bar and a fast-food restaurant. Police arrested a suspected gunman who they believe acted alone.
Of those injured, 10 were in serious condition.
Police haven’t identified the suspected shooter, but described him as being a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen of Iranian descent, according to Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten. CNN reported he was “known to police” and had minor previous convictions.
Authorities said they seized two weapons from him upon the arrest.
Roger Berg, the head of Norway’s domestic intelligence and security service, said the shooting was being investigated as an act of “extreme Islamist terror,” according to The Washington Post.
The suspect was being held on charges of murder, attempted murder and terrorism, police official Christian Hatlo said.
The attack happened hours before the city’s planned gay pride parade. Organizers said pride events scheduled for Saturday have been canceled upon police advice.
Despite the cancellation, thousands of people joined an impromptu parade outside the nightclubs where the shooting took place. Many waved gay pride flags, while others shouted slogans of support for gay rights.
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