Former Raiders CEO Amy Trask Says She Heard Bruce Allen Make Comments Like Jon Gruden

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVOctober 18, 2021

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA - Big3 Chairman of the Board Amy Trask was honored at the Women of Big3 Power Lunch presented by Toyota on Friday, July 12, 2019 in New York. (Donald Traill/AP Images for Toyota Motor North America)
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Amy Trask, who spent 25 years in the Raiders organization from 1987 to 2013, says she repeatedly reported Bruce Allen for using offensive language when the two worked together.

"I did hear comments of that nature from the individual to whom Jon sent those emails," Trask said on That Other Pregame Show. "And I did speak up. I spoke up repeatedly, I spoke up forcefully. I talked to the owner about it. Because to be silent would have been to be complicit."

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Allen served as an executive in the Raiders organization from 1995 to 2003. He then spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Football Team as general manager.

In both Oakland and Tampa, Allen worked with Jon Gruden, who resigned last week from his second stint as Raiders coach after racist, sexist and anti-gay emails he sent were leaked to the press. Many of those emails were correspondences with Allen and took place when Allen was with Washington.

Trask says she never heard Gruden use offensive language, in large part because the coach refused to interact with her when he was in his first stint with the Raiders.

"I didn't interact with Jon a lot, but that was by Jon's choice," Trask said. "Jon made very clear throughout the organization he did not want to interact with me. Had I heard him say anything of that nature, I would have spoken up. Because silence is complicity."

It's unclear if Allen was ever reprimanded for his comments with the Raiders. Late owner Al Davis was known as a champion of social justice causes within the NFL and hired Trask as the first female front-office executive in league history.


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