Jon Stewart, well beyond this example in sports, had an excellent take on this matter of cancellation, which the Gruden situation in my opinion was not merely such as others given his routine and repeated misbehaviour as documented. There is a difference as opposed to when one makes a single high profile off-the-cuff inappropriate remark.
As I understood his point, the relentlessness on the part of some folks who operate outside of media circles, so as to target and take out some people based on past comments but not others, in itself is problematic and toxic.
Knowing where this sort of selective targeting has gone and can go in many a bygone authoritarian regime in history, I agree.
If underlying inappropriate behaviour is being targeted, and in this case released by an unknown party who clearly was targeting Gruden but giving a pass to at least the other party on the e-mail Bruce Allen along with others, either we treat all infringing parties like Gruden equally or the punishment is unequal and does not fit the crime for those who get to skate again.
Beyond it all and beyond Gruden, the NFL has a bigger problem on its hands I figure now than ever as much of the media voices are clamoring for the rest of the e-mails. I don't see that happening at all, but these chickens do have a way of coming home to roost.
It would not surprise me to hear about several retirements of general managers and coaches after this season, for they perhaps will decide to avoid to some degree the witch hunt, which I believe is well underway for real "witches" for sake of these matters at hand well beyond Jon Gruden in the NFL.