Either I’m becoming a conspiracy theorists or I’m the only one putting 2 and 2 together. I guess all conspiracy theorist say that they are the only ones who see it. Now I’m scaring myself. Anyway, when I saw that story about Smith being possibly out, I was thinking how the players are fed about with being run over by the league. Then this story comes out of the blue about 11 yr old emails from Gruden and he’s sticking around. I just don’t think that’s coincidental.That’s a helluva post Kel. I’m not sure about the 2nd part - that the timing of the scandal was designed to keep Smith in place. Seems like it could just be coincidental and you may be giving the NFL too much diabolical credit - but who knows? Anything is possible with this organization.
I would add to your caution about electronic communication by taking it a step further. Don’t be two people, one in private to friends, and another in your public role. Be better. I’m not a fan of firing people for mistakes because we all make them and to a certain extent blame usually involves more than just one sacrificial lamb. But at some point we are all accountable for what we do and say.
Seems it may have been Snyder who in fact leaked it as part of the ongoing lawsuit against Bruce Allen.Who leaked it? Was it the NFL? Was it someone close to the WFT investigation? Was it DAN SNYDER(joking)?? The question for me is what purpose did the leak serve other than to cause Gruden to go? Which brings the question, why did he need to go? Kel, hate to say it but you might be onto something there. Considering the NFL's kind of been conspiracy theory nuts ever since Spygate, who knows. Where's Fox Mulder when I need him.
Haha, good one! Well, it just seems interesting that all of these people talk about how devious and two-faced Jon Gruden seems to have been (and I agree), but I would also say he made a clear and fairly obvious mistake to Washington fans at least. He should never have sent anything remotely incriminating to "@redskins.com" - that was his undoing. How many more "casualties by association" to this once proud franchise will occur?Being kind of tough on Washington fans aren’t you, lol?
I didn’t get that from the article. It stated that Snyder’s lawyers filed these things in court. If his camp then leaked them to the media, that damages their case. It’s possible this was some sort of FOI request, but there was no mention in the original articles of that’s how it was obtained. The WSJ article just keeps saying they (the writer) reviewed the emails. Someone definitely leaked them to the media though. We may never know who, or in 10 years we may find out who it was through some other investigation into the WFT.Seems it may have been Snyder who in fact leaked it as part of the ongoing lawsuit against Bruce Allen.
A lot is being made of the emails being old, but some of the emails are as recent as 2017 apparently. Personally, the Raiders are a franchise, a part of the NFL; if the organization wants to fire Gruden, I don't really care. I don't think policing the organization on their hirings/firings that strongly is that important to me. I think stuff like that should be done with a very light touch if at all. I am not against the Rooney rule, but that can get applied way too strongly in my opinion. Some of the commentary is like, there should be some kind of floor on minority hiring, which is very unclear to me. I can understand why it would make sense to let Gruden go under these circumstances; I think others have said it.Sadly, we have become a black & white, overly reactionary world. We expect our heroes to be perfect and when they prove themselves to be merely human, all too often we punish the good deeds right along with the bad.
I even struggle with whether Gruden should have had to pay with his current job for things said/done a decade ago. There is so little room for personal growth in today's world. No grace at all. Not to say I think he has changed any. I don't. But we don't have proof one way or the other on that.
I know I wouldn't want to be judged for some of the jokes I told 10-15 years ago and don't get me started on things I did or said in high school/college. I also have no doubt that in ten years I will likely cringe at some of the things I've said in the last month.