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Raiders' Mark Davis Declines to Comment on Jon Gruden, Says NFL Has 'All the Answers'

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVOctober 13, 2021

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Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis declined to further discuss Jon Gruden after he accepted the resignation of the team's former head coach Monday.

"I have no comment. Ask the NFL. They have all the answers," Davis told ESPN's Paul Gutierrez on Wednesday.

Gruden stepped down after Ken Belson and Katherine Rosman of the New York Times reported on racist, anti-gay and misogynistic remarks he made in emails he'd sent dating back to 2011.

The Raiders announced special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia will serve as the team's interim head coach beginning with Sunday's Week 6 road game against the Denver Broncos.

Davis told Gutierrez general manager Mike Mayock would now hold 51 percent of control on roster decisions compared to 49 percent for Bisaccia. It was previously a 51-49 split favoring Gruden over Mayock.

Gruden's emails were revealed as part of an investigation into an alleged toxic workplace culture within the Washington Football Team. Former Washington team president Bruce Allen was involved in various email chains where Gruden made offensive remarks.

Allen previously worked as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' general manager from 2004 through 2008 while Gruden was the Bucs' head coach. He was fired by Washington after the 2019 season.

In July, the NFL announced Washington owner Daniel Snyder received a $10 million fine following the workplace review, but the Washington Post reported Tuesday the league doesn't plan to release further information from the probe, which included a review of 650,000 documents, following the leak of the emails that led to Gruden's resignation.

Yet, the leaks continued Wednesday as an email ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter sent to Allen in 2011 was made public in which he referred to the then-Washington general manager as "Mr. Editor" and asked him to review an article that would soon be published for potential changes, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

The NFL Players Association confirmed it plans to request the release of all documents related to the Washington Football Team investigation, per ESPN. Attorneys representing former WFT employees also requested further information about the findings:

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Attorneys for 40 former Washington Football Team employees released a statement, calling it “truly outrageous … the only person to be held accountable and lose their job is the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders” and calling for the NFL to release full findings of the investigation. <a href="https://t.co/MlgzWA2uMc">pic.twitter.com/MlgzWA2uMc</a>

Gruden was working for ESPN as a Monday Night Football color commentator and host of specials such as Gruden's QB Camp when the captured email exchanges began. ESPN released a statement calling the comments "clearly repugnant under any circumstance."

He was hired by the Raiders, with whom he received his first head coaching opportunity from 1998 through 2001, in 2018 to restart his coaching career after a 10-year hiatus.

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