Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden resigned Monday night. He did so hours after racist, homophobic and misogynistic rhetoric emerged from the manager of the NFL team, the professional NFL. “I love the raiders and I don’t want to be a distraction…sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone,” Groden, 58, said in a tweet posted by the Nevada team. Super Bowl with Tampa Bay in 2003 and was a featured commentator on ESPN.
“I have resigned from my position 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 the Raider Nation players, coaches, staff and fans. I’m sorry, I never intended to hurt anyone.”
– Las Vegas Raiders (Raiders) October 12, 2021
Gruden got caught up in controversy on Friday when The Wall Street Journal He reported that the coach – who arrived in Las Vegas in 2018 on a 10-year contract worth $100 million – has used a racist phrase in the past to describe the president of the NBA, Demorris Smith. “[Tiene] Lips the size of a Michelin frame,” wrote Gruden, who grew up in a family of coaches. His father worked in the collegiate league at Notre Dame and his brother Jay led the Washington team.
The press disclosure caused an uproar in the association, which described the comments as “horrific” and “distasteful”. Gruden half apologized, saying he didn’t remember sending that email and that there was no “hint” of racism in it. Despite the controversy, the coach was in Sunday’s loss to the Bears 20-9.
The controversy started before magazine This was just the beginning of a storm looming a week ago, when the NFL announced it had shared a series of emails written between 2011 and 2018. These communications were part of an investigation into an allegation of abuse at work that, at first, wasn’t Groden targets. But those responsible for the investigation found several defamatory statements from the Raiders’ chief, who was actually in charge of the team between 1998 and 2001.
this monday, New York times Post some of these emails. ‘Fagot’ 10 years ago Gruden called Commissioner Roger Goodell, the league’s highest authority. Gruden was then a star commentator for ESPN. In a series of emails sent to Bruce Allen, head of the Washington team, formerly called the Redskins, the broadcaster has been particularly vocal about the commissioner’s efforts to reduce head injuries in the league. He qualified in another message “He’s a gay anti-footballer and has no idea”. Gruden also called for the expulsion of players who knelt to protest systemic racism in the United States.
In another letter to Allen, the St. Louis coach criticized the Rams for accepting “eccentrics” in his team in reference to Michael Sam, a gay player the team signed in 2014. Groden puts Karl Nesib in his backline. The first NFL athlete to come out of the closet playing in the league in June. When the defender made the announcement, he received messages of support from his teammates and team.
Allen and Grodin also shared photos of semi-naked women and misogynistic and degrading comments about female referees, a recent innovation. Allen was fired from the Washington team in 2019 after an internal investigation, while Groden now appears to have the lowest hours in nearly 40 years of history.