Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden resigns after racist, misogynistic and homophobic comments surface, per ESPN.
Distasteful Words from Former Las Vegas Raiders Coach
Following reports, he wrote these emails over a ten-year period and they have just come to the surface within the past couple of days. Gruden admitted that he said these things and seemed to regret his actions.
“I was in a bad frame of mind at the time [in 2011], and I called Roger Goodell an [expletive] in one of these emails too,” the Raiders coach told ESPN on Friday night. “They were keeping players and coaches from doing what they love with a lockout. There also were a lot of things being reported publicly about the safety of the sport that I love. I was on a mission with high school football [in the Tampa, Florida, area] during that time, and there were a lot of parents who were scared about letting their kids play football. It just didn’t sit well with me.”
The Raiders owner Mark Davis released a short statement saying that he has accepted the resignation of Gruden. The assistant coach Rich Bisaccia will serve as interim head coach, the team announced.
Jon Gruden’s Resignation
The resignation came almost immediately after the New York Times broke the story. They stated he used misogynistic and homophobic language numerous times throughout these emails within a seven-year period. The report came days after ten-year-old emails from Gruden surfaced that included racist comments towards NFL Players Association director DeMaurice Smith.
Breaking News: The NFL coach Jon Gruden used misogynistic and homophobic language for years, a review of his emails shows. He denounced the emergence of women referees, the drafting of a gay player and the tolerance of protests during the national anthem. https://t.co/F3QpqV9yZS
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 12, 2021
Gruden sent these emails to the former president of the Washington Football Team, Bruce Allen, per The New York Times. Gruden emailed Allen that Goodell shouldn’t have pressured then- St.Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher to draft “queers”, referring to former defensive end Michael Sam. Also throughout the emails, he continuously used excessive offensive language towards several owners, coaches, and media members around the league.
“I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction,” Gruden said in a statement Monday night. “Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.… I’m ashamed I insulted De Smith. I never had a racial thought when I used it,” Gruden continued. “I’m embarrassed by what’s out there. I certainly never meant for it to sound that bad.”