Raiders Head Coach Resigns Amid Email Scandal

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Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has resigned after a slew of workplace emails containing misogynistic, homophobic, and racial comments were revealed.

The move came late Monday, the same day after the New York Times revealed the emails’ comments directed at the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, and others within the organization.

Gruden said in a statement released via the Raiders’ Twitter page, “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.”

An NFL probe into the Washington Football Team (WFT) resulted in discovering Gruden’s emails with then-Washington team president Bruce Allen. The emails were sent during his time with ESPN, a seven-year period ending in 2018.

The NFL did not employ him at the time.

The Wall Street Journal had revealed the first email Friday. Gruden sent an email in 2011 to former WFT executive Bruce Allen about NFL union chief DeMaurice Smith, “Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin [sic] tires.”

Gruden has since apologized to Smith, who accepted the apology but made it clear that it wasn’t over.

Smith tweeted, “I appreciate that he reached out to me & I told him that we will connect soon, but make no mistake, the news is not about what is said in our private conversation, but what else is said by people who never thought they would be exposed and how they are going to be held to account.”

The New York Times’ report released even more damning evidence on Monday that quickly led to Gruden’s resignation.

Gruden referred to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as a “fa****t” and a “clueless anti-football p****y.” He also said that Goodell shouldn’t have pressured then-St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher to draft “queers.” He was referring to Michael Sam, who was the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL in 2014.

Emails were also found criticizing female referees and players who utilized the national anthem as a time to protest.

An email exchange between Gruden and Allen also revealed an exchange of topless women, including one of two WFT cheerleaders.

The Daily Mail said, “The origin of the cheerleader photographs is significant because complaints made by the WFT dancers are at the center of the NFL’s investigation into the club’s workplace culture.”

Gruden recently signed a 10-year $10 million contract with the Raiders in 2018 — the rest of his contract will be voided.

The Raiders announced that Rich Bisaccia would temporarily take his place.

 

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