Dan Snyder in 2019. Nov 3, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder looks on prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

It’s important to remember that Jon Gruden’s emails, which subsequently led to him resigning as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday, were part of a larger investigation. Specifically, those emails are just a few of the 650,000 emails collected as part of an investigation into the Washington Football Team over workplace misconduct related to secretly filming cheerleaders and other forms of harassment.

Originally, the NFL announced in July that they had concluded the investigation and fined the franchise but didn’t provide any details or transparency about what they found. They even made the announcement on July 4 weekend in order to mitigate interest in the topic any further.

However, now that the Gruden emails have been leaked, it begs the question of whether or not more emails are coming. And if that’s not the plan, why not? The main assumption is that the league found some pretty incriminating emails in there from owner Dan Snyder or former general manager Bruce Allen and they have a vested interest in keeping that information quiet, lest other team owners find themselves in similar predicaments. That Gruden, who wasn’t even a reason for the investigation to happen, is the only person to have landed in trouble because of what was uncovered, speaks to where the power remains here.

Given that Allen was at the center of much of the issues that led to the investigation, many people think that, at the very least, his emails should be released. And among those, any exchanges between him and Snyder should be made public as well.

If the NFL has its way, and especially if Dan Snyder has his way, those other emails will never see the light of day. However, we know that the New York Times is on the case and other media organizations are certainly sniffing around. It might just be a matter of time before we see just how deep, and gross, this rabbit hole goes.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.