2003 Super Bowl winner Gruden’s exit comes after the New York Times reported on Monday that the 58-year-old allegedly used misogynistic and homophobic language in numerous emails over a seven-year period.
The report came days after 10-year-old emails sent by Gruden surfaced which included an attack on the president, a remark that could have been construed as racist about the NFL Players Association’ executive director, DeMaurice Smith and a vulgar criticism of the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell.
“I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction,” said Gruden, who had been in charge of the team since 2018, in a statement.
“I have resigned as Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I love the Raiders and do not 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
“Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I’m sorry – I never meant to hurt anyone.”
The Times says that Gruden allegedly sent emails to Bruce Allen, who was then the Washington Football Team’s president, and others between 2011 and 2018.
On one occasion, he reportedly emailed Allen and told him that Goodell should not have put pressure on then-St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher to sign “queers” in the draft, which is considered to have referred to ex-defensive end and openly gay player Michael Sam, who joined in 2014.
Gruden “said that Goodell should not have pressured Jeff Fisher, then the coach of the Rams, to draft “queers,” a reference to Michael Sam, a gay player chosen by the team in 2014.” Here’s the photo included in the NYT story – Gruden & DE Carl Nassib, who came out in June. pic.twitter.com/G7byy6PYwt
Gruden reportedly used the anti-gay slur “f*ggot” to refer to Goodell, who he also called a “clueless anti-football pussy”, and described some owners, members of the press and coaches with offensive language.
In one of the emails, he is said to have called for the dismissal of Eric Reid, one of the first players to join Black Lives Matter champion Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem in protest at police brutality.
Gruden also reportedly called then-Vice-President Joe Biden a “nervous, clueless pussy” and shared photos of women donning only bikini bottoms.
The franchise’s owner, Mark Davis released a curt statement of his own saying he. Brinkwire Summary News. For more information, search on the internet.