Jon Gruden, who returned to coach the Las Vegas Raiders in 2018 for a 10-year, $ 100 million contract, resigns after allegedly sending numerous offensive emails containing racist, homophobic and misogynistic terms
Last update: 10/12/21 5:32 PM
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Booger McFarland discuss Jon Gruden’s decision to step down as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders following new allegations of offensive emails.
Jon Gruden has been called “ignorant” following the emergence of numerous offensive emails allegedly sent by the former head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders which resulted in his resignation on Monday.
The New York Times had earlier today reported the existence of emails containing homophobic or misogynistic terms. This followed a Friday report from The Wall Street Journal that said, Gruden used racist language in a 2011 email to describe the appearance of DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association.
Gruden apologized and said he didn’t remember writing the email about Smith but, after coaching his team in a 20-9 home loss to the Chicago Bears On Sunday, Gruden resigned Monday evening as details of other emails were released.
React to the news on hello football, presenter Peter Schrager said: âThe New York Times the report is disturbing.
âWhat’s crazy to me is that the Wall Street Journal report came out on Friday, the team got a tip Thursday that he was going to come out and yet this guy coached over the weekend!
âIt reveals an invincibility that many of these men have had for many decades in the NFL, in corporate America and in many other places.
“I’d like to think it’s from a bygone era, but it’s not. It still exists, that invincibility, that feeling of ‘I can’t be touched and it’s good to talk about that. way “.”
The New York Times reported that the NFL, in the midst of an unrelated investigation, reported numerous emails written by Gruden.
He allegedly used derogatory terms while voicing his opposition to women serving as NFL referees, the league that drafted or included gay players, and the player protested as the national anthem was played ahead of the game.
Gruden also allegedly used foul language to describe NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, including an anti-gay slur, and used another anti-gay insult while writing about Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by a team from the NFL.
GMFB presenter Kyle Brandt added: “Gruden is a soccer caricature, he’s what a soccer coach is ‘supposed to’ look like – old school, tough – but this story turns the funny caricature into a bad stereotype. .
“Ignorant and Stone Age ideology and terrible world views.
âWhat is really interesting is that when Gruden was reintroduced as coach of the Raiders in January 2018, he was asked on social media and how players should express their opinions publicly in this day and age. .
Gruden, an actual quote, said, âYou have to be careful what you post because sometimes it backfires. You are responsible for your actions and we will talk about it at length with our team. And here we are today.
“If he told the team about it, then he’s a hypocrite. The whole Raiders idea of ââa ‘commitment to excellence’ comes from the top down, but reading these emails, he showed a “commitment to ignorance.” And that’s why he left. “
The offending emails were written during a period when Gruden was working for ESPN as an NFL commentator, with the broadcaster issuing a statement Monday night calling the comments “clearly disgusting under all circumstances.”
Gruden signed a 10-year, $ 100 million contract to return to training with the Raiders in 2018. The team are off to a 3-2 start this season, leaving their record at 22-31 since their second stint. as the head coach of the team.
Former NFL defensive back DeAngelo Hall, appearing on GMFB, said he believes it will be difficult for the Raiders to bounce back from the distraction.
âIn the NFL, or any sport, it’s a safe place in that locker room,â he said. “Nobody looks at the color of your skin, it’s just ‘I protect you, you have mine.’ It’s that camaraderie.
âSo seeing that from the guy who runs the organization is very unsettling, without a doubt, and how are these players reacting now? That’s a big question. Is this a lost season now for the Raiders?
“Even though Gruden has resigned now, it’s still a distraction. It won’t be easy for this team to turn the chapter. It will be difficult for a lot of these players to come back from that.”