Jon Gruden resigns as coach of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders this week after the New York Times reports racist, homosexual, and misogynistic remarks in numerous emails over the past 12 years. Did. The email was disclosed as part of an investigation into the Washington Football Team’s workplace illegal activity. This is a study that Gruden was not directly involved in.
Details about Gruden, email, and reactions are as follows:
Jon Gruden’s career
Gruden, 58, began his career as a head coach at the Raiders in 1998 and has since been based in Auckland, winning the Super Bowl at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2002 season. He was respected in the league because of his personality and knowledge of aggressive planning.
The Buccaneers fired Gruden and Bruce Allen, the team’s general managers, after the unfortunate 2008 season. Gruden was hired as a commentator on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” in 2009. Allen became general manager of Washington in 2010 and later became president of the team.
Mark Davis, who became the owner of the Raiders after his father Al died in 2011, persuaded Gruden to return to coaching in 2018 with a 10-year, $ 100 million contract.
What did you say in the email?
Gruden frequently unleashed racist, homosexual, and misogynistic language in conversations with Allen and others in an email from 2011 to early 2018 while on ESPN. During a pre-season player lockout by the 2011 NFL team owner, white Gruden used racial metaphors to insult the intelligence of De Maurice Smith, executive director of the black NFL Players Association. .. These statements were first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Gruden used the words of homosexuality to characterize NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in an email detailed by the Times. He also criticized and criticized Goodell’s efforts to reduce confusion when referring to gay player Michael Sam, drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2014. Eric Reid, one of the first players to join the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick to protest racism and police atrocities on his knees during the emergence of a woman as a referee and the national anthem. Said that he should be fired.
Gruden also used offensive language to describe the NFL owners, coaches, and journalists who cover the league. And he, Allen, and the other men exchanged photos of women wearing only bikini bottoms, including photos of two Washington team cheerleaders.
How was the email discovered?
The news (more than 650,000 emails) was revealed as part of an investigation into the Washington Football Team, which fired Allen in 2019. The NFL is a culture of sexual harassment, bullying and intimidation by the team. Reports from The Washington Post and the Times detail the club’s misdeeds, including cheerleader sexual harassment.
Goodell has instructed league executives to look at emails from the past few months, including emails that Gruden made offensive statements. Goodell received a summary of the findings this month, and the league sent the Raiders some of Gruden’s emails.
How did the Raiders react?
On October 8, after The Journal reported on Gruden’s comments on Smith, Raiders owner Davis issued a statement calling his statement “disturbing.” Gruden apologized, but was allowed to coach the Raiders match against the Chicago Bears two days later. Before the article was published, Gruden held a team meeting to deal with the situation preemptively.
Gruden resigned within hours after the Times reported details of his email on Monday. “I love Raiders and don’t want to be distracted.” He said in a statement“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to hurt anyone,” he added.
The Raiders have nominated a special team coach, Rich Visatcha, as interim head coach. Visatcha, 61, coached a special team under Gruden during the 2002 Buccaneers Championship season.
Issued by Davis easy explanation Accept Gruden’s resignation on Monday. He told ESPN on Wednesday: Ask the NFL They have all the answers. Beyond that, he hasn’t publicly discussed his resignation.
Raiders defensive end Karl Nashib became the first active NFL player to play gay in June, seeking a personal day on Wednesday and not participating in Gruden’s first post-departure practice. bottom.
How was the reaction elsewhere, and what’s next?
It is unlikely that Gruden will lead the NFL team again or join the league in a formal position.
The Buccaneers removed Gruden from the Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium, and he lost his approval contract with the shoe and apparel company SKECHERS. EA Sports has announced that it will remove Gruden from the “Madden NFL 22” video game. The Fritz Pollard Alliance, an organization dedicated to improving the diversity of the NFL PA and NFL, also blamed Gruden’s comments.
Lisa Banks and Debrakats, lawyers representing 40 former Washington Club employees, have called on the league to release more evidence related to team owner Dan Snyder. Smith, executive director of NFLPA, told USA Today that the union would petition for disclosure of all emails.