Jon Gruden stepped down yesterday as the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders football team.
Just hours after emails surfaced in which he had made homophobic and misogynistic remarks he resigned.
The New York Times reported that Gruden used a homophobic slur to describe NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, denigrated one team’s decision to draft a gay player, mocked Caitlyn Jenner and suggested that a player who kneeled during the national anthem should be fired.
On Friday, the Wall Street Journal also reported that Gruden used a racist slur when describing NFL Players’ Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 message.
“Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin tires.”
Gruden said that he did not recall sending the email in question and apologized for it adding that he sometimes describes people as having “rubber lips” when he thinks they are lying.
Gruden’s emails were sent between 2011 and 2018, when he was working as a broadcaster for ESPN. They were obtained as part of an unrelated investigation into the culture of the Washington Football Team – an investigation which resulted in a fine. No written report was released.
He said on Twitter in a statement issued by the team.
“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.”
Mark Davis, the owner of the Raiders accepted the resignation. Rich Bisaccia, the Raiders’ special teams coordinator, was elevated to interim head coach.
"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."— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) October 12, 2021
Jon Gruden resigned as the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday. He had denounced the emergence of women as referees, the drafting of a gay player and the tolerance of players protesting during the national anthem, a review of his emails showed. https://t.co/mNUDnhYZfd pic.twitter.com/RFyEMHiSxL— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 12, 2021
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