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The lawsuit, which was obtained by CNN affiliate KTNV, was filed Thursday in Clark County, Nevada District Court.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told CNN in a statement, “The allegations are completely unfounded and the NFL will vigorously defend itself against these claims.”

Gruden resigned as Raiders head coach in October after reports emerged that he used homophobic, racist and misogynistic language in emails while working as an ESPN analyst.

In July, the NFL announced it had fined the Washington organization $10 million after an independent investigation found the club’s work environment “highly unprofessional,” especially for women.

The fine comes after 15 former female employees and two journalists who reported on the team accused team staff of sexual harassment and verbal abuse. The WFT launched an investigation last July, which the NFL took over in August.

How a Washington Football Team Investigation Led to the Resignation of the Las Vegas Raiders' Head Coach

In October, critics had called for the firing of Gruden, who had coached the Raiders since the start of the 2018 season, after The Wall Street Journal reported using racially insensitive language to NFL Players Association director DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 email. to describe.

Then the New York Times reported that it had checked more emails and found that Gruden was denouncing women as officials on the field, a team drafting an openly gay player, and the anthem’s tolerance of protesters.

Many of Gruden’s emails, spanning seven years, were sent to Bruce Allen, the then president of the Washington team who was fired in December 2019, according to the Times.

A competition source, just before Gruden resigned, confirmed the truth of the Times story to CNN.

Gruden was one of the NFL’s highest-paid coaches after signing a $100 million 10-year contract with the Raiders, according to payroll website Spotrac.

He first coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001 and then won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002. At the time, Gruden was 39 and the youngest coach to win the Super Bowl.

He left the Bucs in 2008 to become a football analyst for ESPN, and his messages were sent while working for ESPN as a color analyst during “Monday Night Football,” the Times reported.

This is a story in development and will be updated.

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