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At that time, no formal review of the investigation was published, only a brief summary. Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, attorneys representing 40 former team members, protested the decision at the time, saying the league was protecting the team’s owner, Daniel Snyder, by keeping the results a secret. On Tuesday after Gruden’s resignation, Banken and Katz renewed their approach.
“It is truly outrageous that after the NFL’s ten month investigation of hundreds of witnesses and 650,000 documents related to the long history of harassment and abuse on the Washington Football team, the only person held accountable and lost their job is the only person who will be held accountable and lose her job as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, ”it said in a statement. “Our customers and the public deserve transparency and accountability. If not, the NFL and Roger Goodell will have to explain why they seem intent on protecting the Washington Football team and its owner Dan Snyder at all costs. “
Gruden also lost his advertising deal with shoe and clothing company Skechers, which in a statement cited a zero tolerance policy for behaviors that contradict their belief in “equality, promoting tolerance and understanding for all”. On Wednesday, EA Sports announced it would be removing Gruden from its Madden NFL 22 video game. The company said it is “committed to taking steps to maintain a culture of inclusion and equality”.
Gruden may also have lost the respect of one of his former players, Carl Nassib, who became the first active NFL player to publicly declare that he is gay.
Gruden used a derogatory term in an email when he wrote that Commissioner Roger Goodell shouldn’t have pressured the Rams to sign gay players. Gruden was referring to Michael Sam, a gay player who was inducted in 2014. When Nassib came out in June, Gruden praised his decision. Nassib didn’t publicly comment on Gruden’s emails, but when the Raiders got back together for training on Wednesday, Nassib wasn’t there.
“He requested a personal tag today,” Mayock told reporters. “He just said that he had a lot to deal with, a lot has happened in the last few days and of course we support this request.”