In the 2002 season, he led the Pirates to win the team’s first Super Bowl championship and defeated the Oakland Raiders at the time, but has now been removed from the team’s honor ring.
The team said in a statement: “For many years, the Tampa Bay Pirates have been advocating for purposeful change in the areas of race relations, gender equality, diversity and inclusion.”
“Although we recognize Jon Gruden’s contribution on the court, his actions violate our core values as an organization. Therefore, he will no longer continue to be a member of the Pirate Ring of Honor.”
Critics call for the dismissal of Gruden, who has coached the Raiders since the start of the 2018 season, because the Wall Street Journal reported that he used racially insensitive language to describe the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) executive director in an email in 2011 Demoris Smith.
On Monday, the New York Times reported that it had reviewed more emails and found that Gruden condemned women being hired as field officials, a team drafted an openly gay player, and tolerance for the national anthem protesters.
“The Times” stated that these e-mails were sent to the former president of the Washington football team, Bruce Allen, over a period of more than seven years, which made many people question why he was allowed to hold the position for such a long time. Allen was fired by the organization in December 2019.
On Friday, a spokesperson for the National Football League said that the email reported by the Wall Street Journal was part of the National Football League’s review of the Washington football team’s workplace misconduct this summer.
CNN contacted Gruden, the NFL and the Raiders again for comments.
An NFLPA spokesperson told CNN that the union plans to require the NFL to publish the full results of the investigation of misconduct in the workplace within the Washington football team.
“It took a long time for the league to realize that they didn’t listen to the players’ opinions and resolved their concerns about why players kneel down or why players actively participate in social justice issues,” he said.
“Maybe it’s possible to recognize that some people in our system participate in or support ideas that we know are not in line with fairness, justice, and equality. Maybe if we can accept this faster, then it gives us a chance to understand and resolve what I think It is a systemic problem in the diversified recruitment of the alliance.”
‘That damn can’t fly’
NFL defending most valuable player Aaron Rogers weighed on Gruden’s resignation, saying: “These opinions have no place in the game.”
“I hope that as an alliance, we can all learn and grow from it. I hope that it will attract attention to people who hold the same views. For example:’Hey, man, it’s time to grow, develop, change and connect.’ That shit doesn’t Can fly.”
Green Bay Packers quarterback Rogers believes that the views expressed in Gruden’s emails are different from those in the league’s locker room.
The 37-year-old player said: “I can be very honest and proud to say that I don’t think these are the opinions shared by the players.”
“I think in the locker room, this is a group of closely related people. We don’t treat people differently based on how they talk, where they come from, what they like, and what they look like. I’m proud of that.”