Jon Gruden has resigned as Las Vegas Raiders head coach after further emails emerged in which he used misogynistic and homophobic language.
“I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction,” Gruden said in a statement on Monday night. “Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”
Before we knew about the extra emails, Gruden claimed he didn’t have “a blade of racism” in his body after the Wall Street Journal reported last week that he had described NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith as having “lips the size of michellin tires” in an email from 2011. Gruden said he regularly used the phrase “rubber lips” to describe anyone he considered a liar.
On Monday, the New York Times dropped a mixtape of of emails findings in which Gruden sent to Bruce Allen, the former president of the Washington Football Team, during his time as an ESPN analyst. In the new ones, Gruden called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a “faggot” and a “clueless anti football pussy” while also complaining that Goodell had pressured then St Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher to draft “queers” after the team selected Michael Sam, who is gay, in the 2014 NFL draft.
Naturally, social media had many takes on what happened, but most people decided to ignore what Gruden had said and brought up Deshaun Watson’s situation in Houston where he is currently facing multiple lawsuits from different women that have accused him of sexual misconduct and assault.
From Deshaun Watson came talk of Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid.
In other emails, Gruden said Eric Reid, one of the first players to kneel alongside Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem in protest at police brutality, should be fired. He also called then Vice-President Joe Biden a “nervous clueless pussy.”
I do believe we have seen the last of Jon Gruden.