NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith Discusses Emails Uncovered in WFT Investigation, Questions Whether Race is a Factor in Hiring Decisions Around NFL

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith says one of the primary reasons for his request that the NFL release emails from its investigation of the Washington Football Team is that he wants to determine whether race has been a factor in hiring decisions around the league and whether teams have been “actively hostile to players that have chosen to self-identify in various ways.”

Smith discussed a range of topics, including the NFL investigation into workplace misconduct with the Washington Football Team and the reported emails that led to Jon Gruden’s resignation from the Las Vegas Raiders, as part of an interview Wednesday with ESPN’s Bomani Jones.

Smith’s comments came one day after the NFLPA said it would formally ask the NFL to release the remainder of the 650,000 emails gathered by the league as part of its investigation. Multiple emails leaked from that investigation showed Gruden using racist, misogynistic and anti-gay language.

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