Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has resigned from franchise owner Mark Davis. That was accepted and with that the 10-year contract of 100 million dollars comes to an end. Gruden emails containing homophobic, racist and misogynistic content were found in the major investigation into abuses at the Washington Football Team.
Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported on racist comments directed at NFL Players Association (NFLPA) executive director DeMaurice Smith. “Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of Michelin tires,” Gruden wrote in a 2011 email to Washington Chairman Bruce Allen at the time of the 2011 lockout between the NFL and NFLPA.
Yesterday, the New York Times published an article after seeing more emails in which Gruden spoke out against appointing female referees, drafting an openly gay player and against tolerance for players kneeling to the national anthem. A source within the league confirmed this story to CNN. The league discovered Gruden’s emails themselves and shared them with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last week. On Friday, the Raiders received the emails to discuss with Gruden.
Gruden sent the emails while he color commentator was at ESPN during Monday Night Football. In one of his emails, he called Goodell a “pussy” and a “faggot”. A photo of a topless Football Team cheerleader was also found in the emails with Washington Chairman Allen. Michael Sam — an openly gay player drafted by the Rams — he referred to as “a queer.” In June of this year, Gruden said about the coming out by Carl Nassib “What makes a man different is what makes him great”.
Statement from Jon Gruden:
“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 players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”
Jon Gruden previously coached the Raiders between 1998 and 2001. Between 2002 and 2008, he coached the Buccaneers, who also won a Super Bowl. In 2009, he became an analyst with ESPN and returned to the Raiders in 2018. Assistant head coach Rich Bisaccia will take over from Gruden immediately.