NFL General Counsel Jeff Pash and former Washington Football Team executive Bruce Allen had a close relationship, according to emails collected during the NFL’s workplace misconduct investigation of the Washington franchise. The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday night.
The correspondence is among the 650,000 emails collected in the NFL investigation.
That treasure of emails helped Jon Gruden step down as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders earlier this week after reports from the Times and Journal showed he used misogynistic and anti-gay language and also used a racist comment to refer to. to the executive director of the NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith. . Gruden was employed by ESPN at the time as a principal analyst for Monday Night Football when he sent the emails over a seven-year period.
Earlier this week, the NFLPA said it planned to request that the NFL release the remainder of the 650,000 emails reviewed as part of the investigation.
The emails between Pash and Allen show Pash reassuring Allen about controversies related to the Washington franchise and discussing league issues and other topics, including politics.
Pash, in an email exchange in 2013, told Allen that his franchise would not have to pay a $ 15,000 fine for tampering with his injury report, according to the New York Times. Allen’s appeal was initially denied only to be rejected by Pash, who wrote to Allen telling him that the franchise did not have to pay the fine “or any other amount with respect to this matter and you should consider that the fine will be rescinded on your whole”.
In another exchange, according to the Times, Allen contacted Pash after the Washington franchise became embroiled in sexual harassment allegations involving its cheerleaders. Pash responded to Allen that, “I know you are into it and I would not tolerate a bad thing.”
However, the emails between Gruden and Allen and other men included photos of women wearing only bikini bottoms, including a photo of two cheerleaders from the Washington team.
In another 2016 exchange, Allen reportedly complained to Pash when Jocelyn Moore, who is black, was hired as the NFL’s top lobbyist after having worked for several Democratic senators.
“Funny, is there a rule that prohibits the hiring of libertarians, independents, or even Republicans?” Allen wrote in the email, to which Pash replied: No, but it can sometimes look like this!
Allen referred to the NFL rule that requires teams to interview minority head coach candidates and general manager candidates in his response: “We have the Rooney rule … So I’m going to propose a Lincoln rule. at the next meeting. “
The NFL, through NFL executive vice president of communications Jeff Miller, denied Thursday that there were any irregularities in the emails between Pash and Allen, who was fired as team president by the Washington franchise in 2019.
“Communication between league office employees and club executives occurs on a daily basis. Jeff Pash is a respected and high-character executive of the NFL. Any effort to present these emails as inappropriate is misleading or patently false.” Miller said in a statement issued to both the Times and the Journal.
The NFL completed its investigation into Washington’s work culture in July, fining the franchise $ 10 million. Additionally, Tanya Snyder, who was named co-CEO of the team in June, took over the day-to-day duties of the franchise from her husband, Dan. All top executives, including the Snyders, were ordered to participate in workplace behavior training.
That investigation, which began in 2020, was conducted by attorney Beth Wilkinson. Pash’s attorney was sought in the investigation, league officials told the Journal.