Jon Gruden made a surprising move on Monday night when he announced he was resigning as the Las Vegas Raiders head coach. The announcement came following reports of Gruden writing emails over the 10-year period that included misogynistic, racist and anti-gay language. In a statement, Gruden explained why he resigning.
“I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction,” Gruden said in the 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.” The New York Times reported that Gruden used misogynistic and anti-gay language in numerous emails during a seven-year period. The report came after 10-year-old emails from Gruden surfaced that included a racist comment about NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith.
“I’m not a racist,” Gruden said in a brief news conference after losing 20-9 to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, per the Chicago Sun-Times. “I can’t tell you how sick I am. I apologize again to De Smith. … I had no racial intention with those remarks at all. I’m not like that at all. I apologize. I don’t want to keep addressing it.” Here’s a look at social media reacting to Gruden resigning.
Every rapper the NFL has performing at the Super Bowl has more offensive lyrics than Jon Gruden had in his emails. How does the NFL reconcile the difference in treatment? These are questions all sports media would be asking if they were real journalists.
One fan wrote: “Wondering why its always white guys that get caught saying, or tweeting or emailing something. Racism is always one-sided in the Media. Even if someone from another race got caught, the Media would just red flag it and ignore it in short time. But Cancel Culture wins again.”
Jon Gruden’s comments confirm what many of us have long known to be true: People in power speak differently behind closed doors.
This goes beyond him, and the NFL should release their findings on the WFT under Dan Snyder. (via @FirstTake) pic.twitter.com/UH8JUmRxma
Another fan wrote: “Pretty good chance that the email content was known by others – especially at his former employer, ESPN. Willing to bet that for many this wasn’t the first time they heard about it…”
On @SNFonNBC I commented on an e mail sent by Jon Gruden. I did not defend it. I said “inappropriate, immature,… Brinkwire Summary Entertainment News.