Jon Gruden resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after receiving homophobic, racist, and misogynistic emails

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“I love the Raiders and don’t want to be distracted. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff and fans of the Raiders. I’m sorry, I never intended to hurt anyone,” he said in a statement through the Raiders.

Raiders owner Mark Davis said on Twitter that he has accepted Gruden’s resignation.

Critics call for the dismissal of Gruden, who has coached the Raiders since the beginning of the 2018 season, because the Wall Street Journal reported that he used racially insensitive language in an email in 2011 to describe the NFL Players Association executive director De Mo Rees Smith.
On Monday, the New York Times reported that it had reviewed more emails and found that Gruden condemned women’s employment as field officials, a team drafted an openly gay player, and tolerance of national anthem protesters.
“The Times” stated that the NFL revealed these emails as part of an investigation that initially did not involve Gruden on the surface-this was a review of the Washington football team’s workplace misconduct. According to The Times, many emails covering seven years were sent to the then president of the Washington team, Bruce Allen, who was fired in December 2019.

An alliance source confirmed to CNN the accuracy of the New York Times report.

According to sources, these emails were discovered by the league and submitted to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodall last week. The league said on Friday that it has sent an email to the Raiders and has been waiting for the team to review with Gruden.

On Friday, League spokesperson Brian McCarthy said: “The email from Jon Gruden defamating De Morris Smith was shocking, abominable, and completely contrary to NFL values. We condemned the statement, and Regrets any harm that its publication may cause to Mr. Smith or anyone else. .”

CNN contacted Gruden, the NFL and the Raiders again for comments.

According to data from the salary tracking website Spotrac, Gruden is one of the NFL’s highest-paid coaches. He signed a 10-year, $100 million contract with the Raiders. He coached the Raiders for the first time from 1998 to 2001, and then won the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002. At that time, Gruden was 39 years old and was the youngest coach to win the Super Bowl at the time.

He left the Pirates in 2008 to become a football analyst for ESPN.

According to the “Times” report, Gruden’s news was sent during “Monday Football Night” while he was a color analyst for ESPN.

According to The Times, in one of them he referred to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodall as “p*ssy” and “f*ggot”. According to the “Times” report, after another player was selected by the St. Louis Rams, he called Michael Sam a “frank man.” Gruden said the league should not pressure the team’s coach at the time to select Sam. .

On Friday, a spokesperson for the National Football League said that the email reported by the Wall Street Journal was part of the NFL’s review of the Washington football team’s workplace misconduct.

In response to the Wall Street Journal report, Gruden said: “I can only say that I am not a racist.”

He added: “I can’t tell you how seriously I am sick. I apologize again to De Smith, but I am satisfied with who I am and everything I have done in my life. I apologize for those insensitive remarks. I don’t have these. The remarks are completely racially intent.”

The team said that the Raiders special team coordinator and assistant head coach Rich Bisacha will become the interim head coach, effective immediately.

Jill Martin of CNN contributed to this report.

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