There have been many recent developments in NFL news this offseason as the clubs participate in organized team activities. It hasn’t been good news all around, but the league and its players will push ahead.
No Comment From McDaniel After Kaepernick Workout
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was granted a workout by the Las Vegas Raiders last Wednesday. The 34-year-old has not played for an NFL team since 2016. That season, Kaepernick started protesting racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem before games.
He and former teammate Eric Reid have settled grievances filed against the NFL, which alleged the owners were conspiring not to allow him to play for any team after his controversial actions. Kaepernick has been trying to gain interest from the league for months by holding public workouts and talking about his fitness level.
Raiders coach Josh McDaniel hasn’t revealed any info on how well he thought Kaepernick’s workout went, saying that he won’t discuss any players that are not on the Raiders’ roster. Rumors are the workout went well and that Kaepernick was impressive to most in attendance. However, the odds are long that the Raiders keep him around this season.
Gruden Gets Court Victory
On Wednesday, former Raiders coach Jon Gruden won a small victory in his lawsuit against the NFL. A Nevada judge denied the NFL’s motion to dismiss the case. Gruden accused the league and commissioner Roger Goodell of a “malicious and orchestrated campaign” to leak emails in which Gruden made many racist, misogynistic, and homophobic comments. The scandal resulted in the coach resigning his position with the team back in October.
This latest development means the case will go to arbitration and will ultimately be heard in court. If it does go to trial, it’s likely the source of the leaked emails could be revealed as well as other pertinent information relating to the case. Gruden’s legal team can now demand evidence such as emails, texts, and phone logs from the NFL. Also, commissioner Goodell could be required by the plaintiff to be deposed and testify under oath.
The NFL can use a few tactics to delay the inevitable, but unfortunately, there isn’t much the league can do to stop this all from happening. The NFL released a statement after the ruling saying that neither Goodell nor the league is responsible for leaking the controversial emails to the media. The league is also appealing the court’s latest decision.
Cardinals and NFL Mourn Loss of Jeff Gladney
Teams and fans around the NFL are saddened by the news of Jeff Gladney, who was killed in an early morning car accident in Dallas Monday morning. The 25-year-old Arizona Cardinals cornerback was a star at TCU before being drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings in 2020.
The Cardinals organization released a statement on hearing the news, stating, “We are devastated to learn of Jeff Gladney’s passing. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and all who are mourning this tremendous loss.”
Gladney sat out all of 2021 after being released by the Vikings amid charges of assaulting his girlfriend and was found not guilty after going to trial. In March, he was signed by the Cardinals to a new contract and was looking forward to moving on with his NFL career. Police are expected to provide further details on the cause of the Memorial Day crash later this week.