Jon Gruden has resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after other emails appeared in which he used misogynistic and homophobic language.
“I love the Raiders and I don’t want to be a distraction,” Gruden said in a statement Monday night. “Thanks to all the Raider Nation players, coaches, staff and fans. I’m sorry, I never wanted to hurt anyone. “
Gruden had previously said he did not have “a blade of racism” in his body after the Wall Street Journal reported last week that he had described NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith as black. had “michellin-sized” “tire” lips in an email 10 years ago. Gruden said he regularly used the phrase “rubber lips” to describe anyone he considered a liar.
On Monday, the New York Times reviewed other emails Gruden sent to Bruce Allen, the former president of the Washington football team, during his time as an ESPN analyst. In emails, Gruden called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a “fagot” and a “baffling anti-football.” He also complained that Goodell had pressured then-St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher to write “queers” after the team selected Michael Sam, who is gay, in the 2014 NFL Draft. Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib became the first active gay NFL player to come out gay. At the time, Gruden told ESPN, “A long time ago I learned what makes a man different is what makes him great.”
In other emails, Gruden said Eric Reid, one of the first players to kneel alongside Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem to protest police brutality, had to be fired; then-Vice President Joe Biden said a “clueless and nervous pussy”; and exchanged photos of women wearing only bikinis.
After Sunday’s game and before Monday’s emails went public, Raiders players generally backed Gruden, who joined the team on a ten-year, $ 100 million contract in 2018.
“He’s never rubbed me in a certain way,” said runner Josh Jacobs, who is black. “I mean, what he said is what he said at the end of the day. But I mean, I definitely trust him. I mean, it was ten years ago. People are growing. “However, when the Raiders passed Yannick Ngakoue down the aisle, when asked what the team’s black players felt about the emails, he replied,” No comment. “
Gruden is known for his stout, open personality and won the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2002 season. He later became a key pillar in ESPN’s comment booth before resuming his career. coach with the Raiders in 2018. The Raiders started encouragingly this season, although they only reached the playoffs once since 2003. The Raiders said Monday night that Rich Bisaccia will serve as interim head coach after of Gruden’s departure.