Jon Gruden has resigned from his position as Raiders head coach following a New York Times report, which exposed emails that he had sent between 2010 and 2018.
So, what did Jon Gruden say in those emails? We’re breaking down everything that you need to know.
Raiders coach resigns
Following the New York Times report, Gruden issued a statement and announced that he would be resigning from his position as Head Coach.
Gruden shared: “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.”
Raiders responded to the email scandal via Twitter: “The content of an email regarding DeMaurice Smith from Jon Gruden when he worked for ESPN 10 years ago is disturbing and not what the Raiders stand for. We were first made aware of the email late yesterday by a reporter and are reviewing it along with other materials provided to us today by the NFL. We are addressing the matter with Coach Gruden and will have no further comment at this time.”
What did Jon Gruden say in the emails?
According to reports, league officials uncovered a wealth of emails containing racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic language as part of a workplace misconduct investigation. The emails were dated between 2010 and 2018, as per The New York Times.
Allegedly, the former coach had used homophobic slurs when describing NFL owners, coaches and reporters. Likewise, it was also reported that Gruden had stamped Roger Goodell as a ‘clueless anti football p***y’ and a ‘f****t’.
It was also found that Jon Gruden had reportedly been exchanging NSFW emails of women wearing only bikini bottoms.
SportingNews reports that Gruden had singled out individuals, including Caitlyn Jenner, Michael Sam and DeMaurice Smith, describing the latter with a racist trope: “Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin (sic) tires.”
In talks with The Athletic, Gruden explained: “I do know this, at that point of my life, 11 years ago or 10 years ago, I am sure I vented a little bit with my friends about certain things.
“I know at that time the Collective Bargaining Agreement was changing, there was a lockout going on or the threat of a lockout, if I can remember. I probably looked at (Smith) as the villain. And I was really upset. I was really upset that there was going to be a lockout. I felt that Gene Upshaw would never have allowed that to happen.
“I didn’t feel like we were getting the truth. I refer to guys when I see them lying — and I can tell they’re lying — I refer to them as ‘rubber lips.’ I went too far calling him the Michelin lips. I never had a blade of racism in me. I was just p*ssed and used a terrible way to insult a guy.”
DeMaurice Smith responds
Via Twitter, Smith responded to the email scandal: “The email from Jon Gruden — and some of the reaction to it — confirms that the fight against racism, racist tropes and intolerance is not over.
“This is not about an email as much as it is about a pervasive belief by some that people who look like me can be treated as less. The email has also revealed why the comments by some with powerful platforms to explain this away are insidious and hypocritical. It is as if there is a need to protect football above the values of equality, inclusion and respect.
“The powerful in our business have to embrace that football itself has to be better, as opposed to making excuses to maintain the status quo.
“I appreciate that (Gruden) reached out to me (and) I told him that we will connect soon, 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 are going to be held to account.”