Jon Gruden is out.
Just under an hour after more emails leaked out over his bad behavior, Jon Gruden plans to end his tenure with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Jon Gruden’s decision came down after the New York Times dropped leaked emails of him using homophobic and misogynistic language repeatedly in emails sent to Bruce Allen, the former president of the Washington Football team.
From the Times piece:
Gruden’s messages were sent to Bruce Allen, the former president of the Washington Football Team, and others, while he was working for ESPN as a color analyst during “Monday Night Football,” the sports network’s weekly prime-time telecast of N.F.L. games. In the emails, Gruden called the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, a “faggot” and a “clueless anti football pussy” and said that Goodell should not have pressured Jeff Fisher, then the coach of the Rams, to draft “queers,” a reference to Michael Sam, a gay player chosen by the team in 2014.
The article continues:
In numerous emails during a seven-year period ending in early 2018, Gruden criticized Goodell and the league for trying to reduce concussions and said that Eric Reid, a player who had demonstrated during the playing of the national anthem, should be fired. In several instances, Gruden used a homophobic slur to refer to Goodell and offensive language to describe some N.F.L. owners, coaches and journalists who cover the league.
The NFL said last week that it shared emails with the Raiders in which Gruden made derogatory comments.
Gruden also criticized President Obama during his re-election campaign in 2012, as well as then-vice president Joe Biden, whom Gruden called a “nervous clueless pussy.”
Gruden returned to the NFL as a head coach in 2018 by signing a 10-year, $100 million contract with the Raiders.
His departure from the team comes as the Raiders are on a 2-game losing streak after starting the year 3-0.