NEW YORK (AP) – Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis says he doesn’t believe the team was the target of an email leak that led to the resignation of coach John Gruden.
Speaking after the NFL owners’ meetings wrap up on Wednesday, Davis also acknowledged that the team had reached an agreement with Gruden, who received a 10-year, $ 100 million contract, to return as the team’s coach in 2018. He did not disclose the terms of the settlement.
When asked about any recent conversations with Gruden, whose racist, homophobic, and misogynistic comments were found in the Washington Football Team’s workplace misconduct investigation, Davis replied, “He is in pain, he is in pain. I understand it. But he understands the consequences of what he said. “
“We all have our demons in life,” added Davis, “and we need to understand that.”
Davis wondered about the timing of the leaked emails; The NFL has not and will not publish any independent investigation documents from the Washington Football Team, arguing that the league protects the identities of those who testified. Gruden’s emails were addressed to Bruce Allen, the former president of the Washington-based franchise.
Davis would like the league to release a written investigation report.
AP Pro Football writer Josh Dubow has contributed.
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