By JOSH DUBOW
Jon Gruden has resigned his job as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after emails he sent before being hired in 2018 contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments.
Gruden released a statement Monday night, saying, “I have resigned my job as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I love the Raiders and I don’t want to be a distraction. Thank you to all Raider Nation players, coaches, staff and fans. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.
He resigned after The New York Times reported that Gruden frequently used misogynistic and homophobic language against Commissioner Roger Goodell and other NFL members.
The NFL Network first reported the development.
It was a rapid fall for Gruden, who is in the fourth year of a 10-year, $ 100 million contract he signed with the Raiders in 2018. It started on Friday when the Wall Street Journal reported that Gruden had used a racist term to describe the NFL. union leader DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 email to former Washington executive Bruce Allen.
The emails were discovered during a workplace misconduct investigation of the Washington football team, but ended up costing Gruden his job when they also showed that Gruden had denounced the recruiting of the team. ‘a gay player and the tolerance of players protesting during the national anthem, among other issues.
Gruden apologized for his “insensitive remarks” about Smith, saying they were frustrated with the 2011 lockout. But the latest emails sent between 2011 and 2018 when Gruden was an analyst for ESPN show that his use of derogatory language went far beyond that.
A league source confirms the emails are correct and said they were sent to the Raiders last week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity as the league has not made the emails public.
Raiders owner Mark Davis said last week the email about Smith was “disturbing and not what the Raiders stand for” and said the team is looking into the additional emails.
The Times reported that Gruden used a homosexual slur to insult Goodell and said he was “clueless” and “anti-football.” He also said Goodell shouldn’t have pressured the Rams to write “queers,” a reference to Michael Sam, who was the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.
Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib turned gay in June and is the first openly gay player to appear in an NFL game.
In a 2017 email, The Times said Gruden responded to a sexist meme from an official woman saying, “Nice job roger.”
The newspaper also said Gruden criticized Goodell and the NFL league for trying to reduce concussions, and said Eric Reid, a player who protested during the national anthem, should be sacked.
The newspaper said Gruden also mocked an article in 2017 about players calling on Goodell to support their efforts for racial equality and criminal justice reform.
“He has to hide in his concussion protocol tent,” Gruden wrote.
Gruden and Allen have a long relationship, having worked together in Oakland and Tampa Bay. The emails between the two men and other men included photos of women wearing only bikini bottoms, including a photo of two team Washington cheerleaders.
Gruden also criticized President Barack Obama during his reelection campaign in 2012, and then Vice President Joe Biden.
Smith said earlier Monday that he appreciated that Gruden contacted him following the initial report, but that the email is proof that the fight against racism continues.
“But make no mistake, the news is not about what is said in our private conversation, but what else is said by people who never thought they would be exposed and how they will be required to. be accountable, ”Smith wrote in a Twitter thread.
Gruden’s comments to Allen about Smith came during the 2011 NFL lockout of players. Gruden told the Wall Street Journal he was angry with the lockout during collective bargaining and did not trust the direction the union was taking.
“Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin tires,” Gruden wrote in the email reviewed by the newspaper.
Davis had been trying to hire Gruden almost since taking office following the death of his father, Al, in 2011. He finally got his award in 2018 when Gruden agreed to leave ESPN and return to the sidelines. with a 10-year contract. Gruden revived the Raiders in his first stint in 1998-2001, then beat them in the Super Bowl the following season after being traded to Tampa Bay for a cargo of draft picks.
Gruden has a career record of 117-112 but hasn’t won a playoff game since winning the Super Bowl over the Raiders in the 2002 season.
His second tenure with the team began with an introductory cheering rally press conference, but provided little cause for celebration as Gruden was 22-31, failing to reach a record winning or to qualify for the playoffs.
He traded stars Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper in his debut season to begin a rebuild, which showed only minor progress. After the Raiders went from 4 to 12 in his first season, Gruden tried to make an effort in 2019 during the team’s final season at Oakland spending a lot on free agency and trading for star wide receiver Antonio. Brown. But Brown was cut ahead of the season after a series of management run-ins, and the Raiders went 7-9.
They improved to 8-8 last season and got off to a promising 3-0 start this year before losing the last two games.
It is not immediately clear who will take over as interim coach. The Raiders have three former NFL head coaches on their staff: defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and offensive line coach Tom Cable, who was the head coach of the ‘team from 2008 to 2010, with a 17-27 record. Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia is the Assistant Head Coach.
AP Pro Football writer Barry Wilner contributed to this report
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