After receiving horrific homophobic “f***t” messages, Jon Gruden, the fired coach, said he “never meant to hurt anyone.”
AFTER a series of shocking emails containing “homophobic language” leaked, former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden claims, “I never meant to offend anyone.”
Gruden allegedly called current NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a “f****t” in a text conversation.
Gruden joined the Raiders in 2018, but after the discoveries, he stepped down from his position on Monday.
He said in a statement: “I’ve resigned as the head coach of the Raiders in Las Vegas. I support the Raiders and don’t want to be a nuisance. Thank you to everyone of Raider Nation’s players, coaches, staff, and fans. I’m sorry; I didn’t mean to do anyone any harm.” Gruden appeared to criticize the rise of female referees, the drafting of a gay player, and the tolerance of players protesting during the singing of the national anthem in emails obtained by The New York Times.
NFL officials apparently discovered Gruden’s usage of misogynistic and homophobic language over several years as part of a separate employment investigation.
Gruden allegedly called Goodell a “clueless anti-football p***y” in an email to Bruce Allen, the former president of the Washington Football Team.
According to reports, Gruden and two Washington team cheerleaders exchanged emails with photographs of women wearing only bikini bottoms.
In 2012, the football coach allegedly called Joe Biden a “nervous dumb p***y” during President Obama’s re-election campaign.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Gruden used racial language in a 2011 email when disparaging the look of DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association.
🔵 For the most up-to-date information, visit our Jon Gruden live blog. At the time of the initial email, Gruden was working as a color commentator for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”
When confronted by the Journal, the coach apologized.
According to Gruden: “I’m not sure how sick I am. I’d like to apologize to De Smith once more. But I’m proud of who I am and what I’ve accomplished in my life.
“And please accept my apologies for my inappropriate statements. Those words were not intended to be racially charged in any way…. That is not at all how I am. But please accept my apologies.” “I don’t have a racial bone in my body,” the coach remarked, “and I’ve shown that for 58 years.” Gruden began his coaching career with the Raiders in 1998 before moving on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002.
The coach guided the Buccaneers to a 48-21 victory over the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002.
After being fired by the Buccaneers, Gruder appeared on ESPN before getting hired by the Raiders for the second time in 2018.
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