John Gruden Resigns As Coach Of The NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders After This Week The New York Times reported That she had made racist, homophobic and anti-feminist remarks in multiple emails over the past 12 years. The emails were disclosed as part of an investigation into workplace misconduct on the Washington football team, an investigation that did not directly involve Gruden.
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John Gruden’s Background
Gruden, 58, began his head coaching career in 1998 with the Raiders, then based in Oakland, and won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2002 season. He was respected in league circles for his personality and knowledge of offensive plans.
After a disappointing 2008 season the Buccaneers fired Gruden and team general manager Bruce Allen. Gruden was hired as a commentator for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” in 2009. Allen became general manager in Washington in 2010 and later became the team’s chairman.
Mark Davis, who became the Raiders’ owner after the death of his father, Al, in 2011, persuaded Gruden to return to coaching in 2018 with a 10-year, $100 million contract.
What was said in the email?
In a 2011 email, when he was at ESPN, in early 2018, Gruden frequently used racist, homophobic and anti-feminist language in conversations with Allen and others. Gruden, who is white, during the 2011 NFL team owners’ preseason lockout of players Used a racial trope and insulted DeMorris Smith’s intelligenceJoe Black, executive director of the NFL Players Association. Those comments were first reported by Wall Street Journal.
In Times. detailed email byIn this, Gruden used homophobic language to characterize NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and referring to Michael Sam, a gay player who was drafted by the St. She also criticized Goodell’s efforts to reduce concussion, condemning the emergence of women as referees. And said Eric Reid, one of the first players to join former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality, should be fired.
Gruden also used offensive language to describe some of the NFL owners, coaches, and journalists covering the league. And he, Allen and the other men only exchanged photos of women wearing bikini bottoms, including a photo of two Washington team cheerleaders.
How was email discovered?
The correspondence – more than 650,000 emails – surfaced as part of an investigation into the Washington football team, which fired Allen in 2019. NFL Club fined $10 million This summer, after a year-long investigation, it was discovered that the team had promoted a culture of sexual harassment, bullying and intimidation. report from Washington Post And many times Detailed the club’s misdeeds, including sexual harassment of cheerleaders.
Goodell instructed league officials to look into emails from the past few months in which Gruden had made offensive remarks. Goodell received a summary of the findings this month, and the league sent the Raiders some emails written by Gruden.
How did the attackers react?
after 8 october the journal reported On Gruden’s comments about Smith, the Raiders’ owner Davis issued a statement calling the remarks “disturbing”. Gruden apologized but was allowed to coach the Raiders’ game against the Chicago Bears two days later. Prior to the publication of the article, Gruden held a team meeting to pre-emptively address the situation.
Gruden resigned hours later Times report on Monday Which gives more details of their email. “I love the Raiders and don’t want to be a distraction,” he said in a statement, adding, “I’m sorry, I never meant to offend anyone.”
The Raiders named their special team coach Rich Bisakia as interim head coach. The 61-year-old Bisakia was also the special team coach under Gruden during the Buccaneers’ championship season in 2002.
Davis continues a brief statement Accepting Gruden’s resignation on Monday. He told ESPN On Wednesday: “I have no comment. Ask the NFL they have all the answers.” Furthermore, they have not publicly discussed the resignation.
Carl Nasibo, the Raiders defensive end who became the first active NFL player to come out as gay in June, asked for a personal day on Wednesday and did not attend the first practice since Gruden’s departure.
What was the reaction elsewhere, and what’s next?
Gruden is unlikely to coach an NFL team again or be associated with the league in any formal capacity.
The Buccaneers remove Gruden from their Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium, and he lost his support contract With the footwear and apparel company Skechers. EA Sports announced that it will be removing Gruden from its “Madden NFL 22” video game. The NFLPA and the Fritz Pollard Alliance, an organization dedicated to improving diversity in the NFL, also condemned Gruden’s comments.
Lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, representing 40 former Washington club employees, have called on the league to release more evidence relating to team owner Dan Snyder. Smith, Executive Director of the NFLPA, told USA TODAY That the union will petition to disclose all emails, something the league has said it does not plan to do.