At that time no formal account of the investigation had been released, only a brief summary. Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, representing 40 former team employees, spoke out against the decision at the time, saying the league was protecting the team’s owner, Daniel Snyder, by keeping the findings private. Banks and Katz made their push Tuesday after Gruden’s resignation.
“It is truly outrageous that the NFL’s 10-month-long investigation followed hundreds of witnesses and 650,000 documents relating to the long-standing culture of harassment and abuse in the Washington football team attributing and losing their jobs. Las Vegas Raiders coach,” he said in a statement. “Our customers and the public at large deserve transparency and accountability. If not, the NFL and Roger Goodell should explain why they appear intent on protecting the Washington football team and owner Dan Snyder at all costs. “
Gruden also lost his endorsement contract with the footwear and apparel company Skechers, which in a statement cited a zero-tolerance policy for behavior that underscores its belief in “equality, promoting tolerance and understanding for all people”. opposes. On Wednesday, EA Sports announced that it would be removing Gruden from its Madden NFL 22 video game. The company said it is “committed to taking action to maintain a culture of inclusivity and equity.”
Gruden may also have lost the respect of one of his former players, Carl Naseeb, who is the first active NFL player to publicly declare that he is gay.
Gruden used the derogatory term in an email when he wrote that commissioner Roger Goodell should not have pressured the Rams to draft gay players. Gruden was referring to Michael Sam, a gay player he picked up in 2014. When Luck came out in June, Gruden praised his decision. Nasib has not commented publicly on Gruden’s email, but when the Raiders were called again for practice on Wednesday, Nasib was not there.
“He requested a personal day today,” Mayok told reporters. “They just said they have a lot to process, a lot has been happening over the past few days, and of course, we support that request.”