The NFL assures that there is nothing wrong in the exchanges between the manager of the team and that of the league
The attorney general of the NFL, Jeff Pash, and the former executive of the Washington Football Team Bruce Allen had a close relationship, according to emails collected during a misconduct investigation in Washington, reported the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
The correspondence is among the 650,000 emails collected in the NFL investigation.
These emails led to Jon Gruden resigning as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders earlier this week after reports from the Times and the Journal showed that he used misogynistic and homophobic language and also a racist comment to refer to the executive director of the Association of Raiders. NFL players, DeMaurice Smith. Gruden was employed by ESPN at the time as a principal analyst for Monday Night Football when he sent the emails over a seven-year period.
Earlier this week, the NFLPA said it planned to request that the NFL release the remainder of the 650,000 emails reviewed as part of the investigation.
The emails between Pash and Allen show Pash reassuring Allen about controversies related to the Washington franchise and discussing league issues and other topics, including politics.
Pash, in an email exchange in 2013, points out to Allen that his franchise would not have to pay a $ 15,000 fine for tampering with his injury report, according to the New York Times. Allen’s appeal was initially denied only to be rejected by Pash, who wrote to Allen telling him that the franchise did not have to pay the fine “or any other amount with respect to this matter and that it should consider that the fine will be rescinded in its whole”.
In another exchange, according to the Times, Allen contacted Pash after the franchise of Washington became entangled in allegations of sexual harassment involving his cheerleaders. Pash responded to Allen that, “I know you are into it and I would not tolerate a bad thing.”
However, the emails between Gruden and Allen and other men included photos of women wearing only bikini bottoms, including a photo of cheerleaders from the Washington team.
In another 2016 exchange, Allen reportedly complained to Pash when Jocelyn Moore, who is African American, was hired as the NFL’s top negotiator after having worked for several Democratic senators.
“Funny, is there a rule that prohibits hiring libertarians, independents, or even Republicans?” Allen wrote, to which Pash replied, “No, but it can look like this sometimes!”
In his response, Allen referred to the NFL rule that requires teams to interview minority candidates for head coach and general manager: “We have the Rooney rule … So I’m going to propose a Lincoln rule at the next meeting”.
The NFL, through executive vice president of communications Jeff Miller, denied Thursday that there were any irregularities in the emails between Pash and Allen, who was fired as team president in 2019.
“Communication between league office employees and club executives occurs on a daily basis. Jeff Pash is a high-profile and respected executive in the NFL. Any effort to present these emails as inappropriate is misleading or blatantly false.” Miller said in a statement issued to both the Times As the Journal.
The NFL completed its investigation into Washington’s work culture in July, fining the franchise $ 10 million. Additionally, Tanya Snyder, who was named co-CEO of the team in June, took over the day-to-day duties of the franchise from her husband, Dan. All top executives, including the Snyders, were ordered to participate in workplace behavior training.
That investigation, which began in 2020, was conducted by attorney Beth Wilkinson. Pash’s attorney was sought in the investigation, league officials told the Journal.