The NFL may never fully disclose all of the 650,000 emails generated by the Washington football team’s investigation. (It should.) Other information from these documents may nonetheless be revealed.
Some have already been revealed, although they initially went unnoticed.
Via Sam Farmer and Nathan Fenno du Los Angeles Times, a June court case in a scuffle between Washington owner Daniel Snyder and former team chairman Bruce Allen over whether Snyder would be allowed to obtain discovery documents from Allen in the ongoing quest to prove a Defamation case filed by Snyder in India over an article that falsely linked him to Jeffrey Epstein (quite a precursor) includes some of Allen’s emails.
Most notably, some of Jon Gruden’s emails to Allen, the leak of which prompted Gruden to step down as Raiders coach, were included on the record, with some (but not complete) redaction of the identity of Gruden.
Another aspect of the emails produced in the Arizona dispute between Snyder and Allen caused a stir. In July 2011, ESPN’s Allen and Adam Schefter corresponded about a story related to efforts to end the lockdown. Schefter actually sent Allen the full draft of a story Schefter planned to publish, for Allen’s review and approval.
“Please let me know if you see anything that should be added, changed, tweaked,” Schefter wrote. “Thank you, Mr. Editor, for that and the trust. Plan to drop this off at espn around 6am. . . . “
Via Farmer and Fenno, ESPN released the following statement in response to that post: “Without sharing all the details of the reporter process for a story from 10 years ago during the NFL lockdown, we believe nothing is wrong. is more important to Adam and ESPN than providing fans with the most accurate, fair, and complete story.
The email became relevant to the Allen and Snyder dispute because Allen insisted in a sworn statement that he “kept a low profile on the media” and that he “did not. never served as an anonymous source for news or media reports ”.
It’s a fascinating look at the sausage-making process when it comes to NFL news. And it’s certainly not right for journalists to send entire articles to a source for review, fact-checking, proofreading, or whatever.
The email also gives insight into the friendliness of these relationships, which is very normal in all forms of media when journalists and sources develop relationships. Frankly, this unexpected slice of Allen emails makes it all the more important to post all Allen / WFT emails, so that Gruden’s comments can be fairly and correctly compared to other people’s comments, whether ‘they are employed by teams, the media or whoever.
Only then can a full picture of the larger dynamics be developed.