So have we talked about the timing of the Jon Gruden thing yet?

Because it was essentially a Friday news dump, right? Not that @WSJSports has any control over when it gets the info, but a source had to leak that information. You can't request private email correspondence.
Being the cynical fellow I am, I believe that this is the NFL trying to see what public reaction is like to what Gruden did before deciding on a punishment. It was a trial balloon.
Gruden did not seem to be surprised to be asked about it. The #Raiders and the NFL issued responses the day it was reported, and by dumping it on Friday, it put the league's broadcast partners first in line to assess the severity of the comments and contextualize them.
Gruden's assertion that his insult of DeMaurice Smith was not racial is not at all believable. He says that he refers to liars as having "rubber lips" which I've never heard anyone do. If he has, he should be able to find an example.
This is a guy who has spent more than the past 20 years of his life speaking at length in public. This is also someone in a position of power over a work force, the majority of whom are Black.

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Is this literally a joint reporting assignment?
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Jon Gruden's emails first became public because Dan Snyder wants to know why a Web site, owned by a company in India, suggested Washington's new nickname be the Epsteins (among other things).…
Jon Gruden lost his job in Las Vegas because his emails became public.

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Also, this is how Adam Schefter ended up catching a stray.
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None of this is particularly ethical nor is it at all surprising, and at its core, being a high-level reporter who breaks personnel news in these leagues is not actually reporting at all. It is about "relationships" which is a euphemism for asking for and calling in favors.
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So I've thought about this more than I should today: What would a "They Can't Cancel Me" Jon Gruden gig actually look like? Would it be unbridled football commentary?
Gruden just saying patently offensive things and acting like "Pigskin Mad Men"? But I don't think he has the willingness to have three-quarters of America hate him even if a quarter of the people defend all of the garbage he spews.
Would he try to do minimize the racism, the homophobia and the rampant sexism and go back to keeping that largely out of sight and act like he did as a "Monday Night Football" broadcaster?
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