Why Jon Gruden’s lawsuit against the NFL could force league’s secrets into the open

In high-profile legal cases, it’s sometimes not just about who wins and loses.

It’s also about whose private business gets dragged into public along the way.

Such is the undercurrent of the lawsuit that former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden filed last week against the NFL, alleging that the league and commissioner Roger Goodell deliberately leaked Gruden’s vulgar emails to the news media in an effort to force him out of his job. The lawsuit, which was filed in a Nevada state court, described it as “a Soviet-style character assassination.”

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