Head coach Jon Gruden resigned Monday night as head of the Las Vegas Raiders after the emails you sent before you were hired in 2018 they contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments.
Gruden released a statement Monday night, saying, “I have resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I love the Raiders and don’t want to be a distraction. Thank you to all the Raider players, coaches, staff and fans. Nation. Sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone. “
Resigned after The New York Times report that Gruden frequently used misogynistic and homophobic language directed at Commissioner Roger Goodell and others in the National Football League (NFL).
Special teams and assistant head coach Rich Bisaccia will take over on an interim basis.
It was a quick drop for Gruden, who is in the fourth year of a 10-year, $ 100 million deal he signed with the Raiders in 2018.
What did Jon Gruden’s emails say?
It started on Friday when the diary The Wall Street Journal reported that Gruden used a racist term to describe the head of the NFL players union, DeMaurice Smith, in a 2011 email he sent to former Washington executive Bruce Allen.
The emails were discovered in an investigation of workplace misconduct on the Washington soccer team, but they ended up costing Gruden his job when they also showed that denounced the selection of a gay player and the tolerance of the players who protested during the playing of the national anthem, among other matters.
Gruden apologized for his “insensitive comments” about Smith, saying they were made out of frustration over the 2011 lockout.
But the last emails sent between 2011-2018, when Gruden was an analyst at ESPN, show that his use of derogatory language went far beyond that.
A league source confirmed the accuracy of the emails and said they were sent to the Raiders last week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not made the emails public.
Raiders owner Mark Davis said last week that the email about Smith was “disturbing and not what the Raiders stand for” and noted that the team was reviewing additional emails. Davis issued a statement Monday saying only that he accepted Gruden’s resignation.
The New York Times reported that Gruden used a gay slur to refer to Goodell and said he was “clueless” and “anti-football.” He also said that Goodell he shouldn’t have pressured the Rams to recruit “queers,” a reference to Michael Sam, who was the first openly gay player. drafted by an NFL team.
The defensive end of the Raiders, Carl Nassib came out as gay in June and is the first openly gay player to appear in a league game.
In a 2017 email, the Times said Gruden responded to a sexist meme by a female official saying, “Good job, Roger.”
The newspaper also said that Gruden criticized Goodell and the NFL league for trying to reduce concussions, and said Eric Reid, a player who had protested during the playing of the national anthem, should be fired.
The newspaper said Gruden also mocked a 2017 article about players asking Goodell to support their efforts to promote racial equality and criminal justice reform.
“You need to hide in your concussion protocol store,” Gruden wrote.
Both Gruden and Allen have a long relationship, having worked together in Oakland and Tampa Bay. The emails between the two and other men included photos of women wearing only bikini bottoms, including a photo of two cheerleaders from the Washington team.
Gruden too criticized former President Barack Obama during his reelection campaign in 2012, and then Vice President Joe Biden, current president in the White House.
Smith said early Monday that he appreciates Gruden reaching out to him after the initial report, but that the email is evidence that the fight against racism continues.
“But make no mistake, the news is not about what is being said in our private conversation, but about what people who never thought they would be exposed and how they will be held to account,” Smith wrote on Twitter.
Gruden’s comments to Allen about Smith came during the 2011 NFL lockout of players. Gruden told the Wall Street Journal that he was angry about the lockout during labor negotiations and that he did not trust the direction the union was taking.
“Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin tires”, Gruden wrote in the email reviewed by the newspaper.
Davis had been trying to sign Gruden almost since he took over after the death of his father, Al, in 2011. He finally got his award in 2018 when Gruden agreed to leave ESPN and return to the bench with a 10-year contract.
Gruden had revived the Raiders in his first season in 1998-2001 and then beat them in the Super Bowl the following season, after he was traded to Tampa Bay for a slew of draft picks.
As head coach in the NFL, Gruden has a winning record of 117-112, but has not won a playoff game since a Super Bowl victory over the Raiders in the 2002 season.