Jon Gruden has announced his resignation as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after a trove of old emails revealed he frequently used misogynistic and homophobic language in discussing the league, its players and officials.
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Gruden’s behavior recently came under scrutiny when the Wall Street Journal uncovered an email he sent in 2011 in which he used a racist trope to describe NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith. That email, sent to former NFL general manager Bruce Allen, came to light as as part of the league’s investigation into the Washington Football Team, which concluded this summer.
“I don’t have a racial bone in my body, and I’ve proven that for 58 years,” Gruden later told the Journal.
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Are one or more emails a firing offense
In most cases, no. The NFL did however find additional emails in a separate investigation. This contained further damning information according to a New York Times report.
Gruden sent out additional emails, covering nearly seven years and ending in 2018, in which he described Roger Goodell as homophobic. Gruden also criticised NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his treatment of protestors during the national song.
Michael Sam has reacted?
Gruden employed a homophobic word in an email to refer to the decision of then-St. Louis Rams to pick Michael Sam (an openly gay defensive end) in 2014 draft.
Sam did not respond directly but used the praying hands emoji to quote-tweet a user on Twitter who thanked him for his bravery on National Coming Out Day.
How did Gruden react to his resignation?
Gruden Raiders released Monday’s statement via the Raiders that stated:“I love the Raiders. I don’t want to be distracted. We are grateful to Raider Nation’s players, coaches and staff. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”
Was the Raiders shocked by the news?
After the Wall Street Journal report on Gruden’s comments about Smith came out on October 8, Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement that he found it “disturbing” and “not what the Raiders stand for.”
Gruden wasn’t immediately disciplined, and he was able to coach the Raiders during Sunday’s loss of 20-9 to the Chicago Bears.
The Raiders did not issue any comment after news broke Monday night that Gruden had decided to resign.
Gruden took the Raiders job.
Gruden, who led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl title after the 2002 season, returned to coaching in 2018 after 10 years as an analyst on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” broadcasts.
To return to Raiders (a team he coached between 1998 and 2001, when it was located in Oakland), he signed a 10-year deal worth $100 million. His record was 22-31. He is now a third of the way through his fourth season. The current AFC West tie is tied at 3-2.
Overall, Gruden has a career record of 117-112 (.511) over 15 seasons.
What will you be doing now to coach the Raiders?
Rich Bisaccia, special team coordinator and assistant coach for the Raiders was named interim coach. Bisaccia was 61 years old and had previously worked 11 years under Gruden in NFL. Bisaccia also led special teams for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002-08. He was the assistant head coach for the Raiders, Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers (2012) as well as the Dallas Cowboys (2013-17).
Bisaccia won over Gus Bradley, defensive coordinator Tom Cable, and Rod Marinelli, who all have head-coaching experience. Bisaccia is not a former head coach.
Contributing: Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz