Recently, Raiders mentor Jon Gruden occupied with an explicit demonstration of altering 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman. Gruden’s remarks were made on camera, in a webcast meet.
Sherman typically has attempted to make light of the truth that Gruden submitted an away from of the guidelines with respect to the things that can be said about, and to, a player under agreement with another group.
“All of this sports is just a big freakin’ reality TV show, as you know,” Sherman said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. “But I think there’s legitimate interest. They have a good team. It’s going to be a conversation. There will be a conversation with a few teams and I’ll make the decision that’s best for me and my family, and off we go.”
Powering Sherman’s conviction that there’s advantage is, clearly, the way that Gruden (drum roll) said as much.
“Richard Sherman, if you are a free agent, which there is a rumor you are, we are looking for an alpha presence in our secondary,” Gruden said on a podcast with Cris Collinsworth and Sherman. “If you’re available and interested, maybe you and I can get together at some point off air.”
The standards are clear: “Any open or private assertion of interest, qualified or unfit, in another club’s player to that player’s representative or delegate, or to an individual from the news media, is an infringement of this Anti-Tampering Policy.”
There’s no “kidding” or “joking” or “webcast have” or “huge freakin’ unscripted television show” exemption for the standard. Gruden, who has been in and around the NFL for almost 30 years, knows or should know the principles. He decided to dismiss them.
In the event that the standard will not be applied in this particular case, the standard has no importance. To be sure, almost five years back, the Chiefs lost a third-round pick and a 6th round pick since Chiefs mentor Andy Reid talked straightforwardly to collector Jeremy Maclin during the lawful altering window, which permits group to haggle with specialists however not to converse with the players they address.
Here, Gruden talked straightforwardly with Sherman weeks before the beginning of free office. Gruden imparted his advantage straightforwardly to Sherman. The way that it occurred on a digital recording doesn’t pardon it. Regardless, Gruden ought to have been extra cautious when consenting to show up on a digital recording highlighting a player who is under agreement with another group and who is ready to turn into a free specialist.
This isn’t Sherman’s flaw. It’s not Collinsworth’s deficiency. It’s Gruden’s issue. Also, if the Raiders don’t lose a third-round pick and a 6th round pick over this, the Chiefs should request that they get theirs back.