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Do WFT emails concerned about the NFLPA want to show possible hiring biases?

Fallout continues from emails discovered during the NFL investigation of the Washington football team that resulted in Jon Gruden’s resignation as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night.

One of the emails Gruden sent out about a decade ago included a racist comment about NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, and Smith has since explained that the NFLPA wants the league to publish all 650,000 emails. reported electronics discovered as part of the investigation.

Smith discussed his reasoning for that request during an appearance on ESPN Podcast “The Right Time With Bomani Jones”.

“What interests me, is there any correspondence to suggest that teams are making decisions about coaches based on the color of their skin?” Smith said. “Are they actively hostile to players who have chosen to identify themselves in various ways? Are they denigrating people based on their sexual preference or religious identity?”

Along with the email about Smith, Gruden also used racist, misogynistic and anti-gay language in messages sent from 2010 to 2018.

Gruden said last week that he had contacted Smith, and Smith told Jones that he responded to the former coach by text message, but before Gruden resigned after a damning story from the New York Times.

Earlier Wednesday, Raiders owner Mark Davis appeared to complain to ESPN about Gruden being singled out in email-related stories since Friday.

“I have no comment,” Davis said in a brief statement. “Ask the NFL. They have all the answers.”

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