Raiders owner: Team wasn't targeted in email investigation
Mark Davis, owner of the Las Vegas Raiders, talks to reporters as he leaves the NFL owners meeting in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Barry Wilner, The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, October 27, 2021 1:36PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) -- Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis says he doesn't believe the team was targeted in the leaking of emails that led to the resignation of coach Jon Gruden.
Speaking after the NFL owners meetings ended Wednesday, Davis also acknowledged the team has reached a settlement with Gruden, who received a 10-year, $100 million contract to return to coach the team in 2018. He did not reveal terms of the settlement.
Asked about any recent conversations with Gruden, whose racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments were uncovered during an investigating of workplace misconduct at the Washington Football Team, Davis said: "He's hurt, he's really hurt. I understand that. But he understands the ramifications of what he said."
"We all have our demons in life," Davis added, "and we have to understand that."
Davis wondered about the timing of the leaking of the emails; the NFL has not and will not be releasing documents from the independent investigation of the Washington Football Team, saying the league is protecting the identities of those who testified. Gruden's emails were to Bruce Allen, the former president of the Washington franchise.
Davis would like the league to release a written report of the investigation.