THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay called the situation surrounding former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden, also McVay’s mentor and former boss, heartbreaking.
“It’s a really unfortunate situation that has happened with the Raiders and Coach Gruden,” McVay said in opening his routine pre-practice press conference on Wednesday. “I hate that so many people have been negatively affected by this, the thoughts and prayers are with all the people who are, and I really just want to leave it at that.”
Gruden resigned from his post Monday night following a New York Times report that revealed leaked emails from him using racist, misogynistic and anti-gay language. McVay’s uncle Jim McVay was among the recipients listed in some of the emails, which were part of a league investigation into workplace misconduct with the Washington soccer team.
When Gruden served as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he hired McVay for his first NFL job and named him assistant receivers coach in 2008.
Since becoming the Rams head coach, McVay, 35, has repeatedly expressed his gratitude and appreciation for what the 58-year-old Gruden has meant to him and his family, while emphasizing how much he means. have Gruden as a mentor.
Despite an initial effort to focus Wednesday’s press conference on the Rams’ upcoming (4-1) meeting at the New York Giants 1-4 (1 p.m. ET, Fox), McVay answered 10 questions about the situation. of Gruden.
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“Just sad,” McVay said when asked about his reaction to the content of Gruden’s emails. “It’s unfortunate and I really want to leave it at that.”
When asked to clarify what aspect of the situation caused him sadness, be it the content or the aftermath of Gruden, McVay expanded on.
“All of the above,” McVay said. “I think it’s a really unfortunate circumstance. So I’m saddened by the many people who have been negatively affected, anyone who has been offended by this, there are many families, there are many things that come into play and there are a lot of people who are it’s been affected and that’s what saddens me. It’s kind of a sad comment all over the place and it’s unfortunate that we’re even talking about it right now. “
McVay said he has not been in contact with Gruden since news of his resignation broke, and despite coaching the Washington football team from 2010 to 2016, McVay said the NFL did not contact him as part of his investigation.
Despite McVay’s long relationship with Gruden, McVay said the content of Gruden’s emails came as a surprise.
“All I know is that I can only talk about my individual interactions with him,” McVay said. “I have not seen any of that kind of thing that you would expect, that kind of thing that goes out in writing or whatever. We are responsible for the things we say, but I have not seen that side of him and that surprised me.”