Las Vegas Raiders manager Jon Gruden has been fired aft an probe uncovered a treasure trove of emails of the popular manager utilizing misogynistic, homophobic and racist language.
The Super Bowl winning manager was four-years into a 10-year $100 cardinal ($136 cardinal AUD) woody signed successful 2018, and was regarded arsenic 1 of the astir fashionable coaches successful the game, having captured a title with Tampa Bay successful 2002.
However his downfall was sealed erstwhile respective emails released exposed Gruden for often utilized misogynistic and homophobic connection directed astatine Commissioner Roger Goodell and others successful the NFL, according to emails reviewed by The New York Times.
The insensitive emails were exposed conscionable days aft it was revealed Gruden made a racist remark astir the enforcement manager of the NFL players national successful 2011.
The NFL obtained the emails that Gruden sent to Bruce Allen, the erstwhile president of the Washington Football Team, successful a abstracted probe of workplace misconduct regarding that franchise.
The Wall Street Journal reported past week that Gruden utilized a racist remark to picture NFL Players Association person DeMaurice Smith. Now, the latest emails reported by the Times showed Gruden denounced the drafting of a cheery subordinate and the tolerance of players protesting during the playing of the nationalist anthem among different issues.
Gruden has apologised for his "insensitive remarks" astir Smith, saying they were made retired of vexation implicit the 2011 lockout. But the latest emails sent from betwixt 2011-18 erstwhile Gruden was an expert for ESPN amusement his usage of derogatory connection went good beyond that.
A league root confirms the accuracy of the emails and said they person been sent to the Raiders. The idiosyncratic spoke connected information of anonymity due to the fact that the league hasn't made the emails public. The idiosyncratic said the league is awaiting for the squad to reappraisal the emails and determine however to proceed.
Raiders proprietor Mark Davis said past week that the email astir Smith was "disturbing and not what the Raiders basal for" and said the squad was reviewing the further emails. The squad and Gruden didn't instantly respond for remark but Gruden said earlier Monday helium learned from this, without going into detail.
"I'm not going to rehash the lawsuit again," Gruden said. "I deliberation I consciousness precise bully astir the things that I person learned. I besides consciousness truly bully astir what I basal for. I'll beryllium blessed to speech astir football, but I'll conscionable permission it astatine that."
The Times reported that Gruden utilized a cheery slur to insult Goodell and said helium was "clueless" and "anti-football." He besides said Goodell shouldn't person pressured the Rams to draught "queers," a notation to Michael Sam, who was the archetypal openly cheery subordinate drafted by an NFL team.
Raiders antiaircraft extremity Carl Nassib came retired arsenic cheery successful June and is the archetypal openly cheery subordinate to look successful an NFL game.
In a 2017 email, the Times said Gruden responded to a sexist meme of a pistillate authoritative by saying: "Nice occupation roger."
The insubstantial besides said Gruden criticised Goodell and the NFL league for trying to trim concussions, and said that Eric Reid, a subordinate who had demonstrated during the playing of the nationalist anthem, should beryllium fired.
The paper said Gruden besides mocked an nonfiction successful 2017 astir players calling connected Goodell to enactment their efforts promoting radical equality and transgression justness reform.
"He needs to fell successful his concussion protocol tent," Gruden wrote.
Gruden and Allen person a agelong relationship, having worked unneurotic successful Oakland and Tampa Bay. The emails betwixt the 2 and different men included photos of women wearing lone bikini bottoms, including 1 photograph of 2 Washington squad cheerleaders.
Gruden besides criticised President Barack Obama during his re-election run successful 2012, and then-vice president Joe Biden.
Smith said earlier Monday that helium appreciates that Gruden reached retired to him pursuing the archetypal report, but that the email is grounds that the combat against racism is ongoing.
"But marque nary mistake, the quality is not astir what is said successful our backstage conversation, but what other is said by radical who ne'er thought they would beryllium exposed and however they are going to beryllium held to account," Smith wrote successful a Twitter thread.
Gruden's comments to Allen astir Smith came during the 2011 lockout of the players by the NFL. Gruden told the Wall Street Journal helium was aggravated astir the lockout during CBA negotiations and helium didn't spot the absorption the national was taking.
"Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin tires," Gruden wrote successful the email reviewed by the newspaper.
Keyshawn Johnson, who present works for ESPN, won a Super Bowl with Gruden astatine the Buccaneers successful 2002 but endured a testy narration with the manager during that time. The brace seldom got on and Johnson was often blamed for being a diva wide receiver.
"What helium said astir Smith is disturbing," Johnson said. "It's unacceptable and this is wherefore successful this state we are successful the presumption that we are successful arsenic quality beings, not lone quality beings, but arsenic African Americans. Because we gloss implicit these sorts of things and enactment similar it's not that large of a deal."
"He's a atrocious person. I tried to archer radical this erstwhile I played for this man!" Johnson said. "But I was successful the wrong. 'Keyshawn's conscionable a spoiled brat. Keyshawn's conscionable a diva. Keyshawn conscionable wants the football.' But present we are now, nevertheless galore years aboriginal and worldly is coming to the surface. I'm not gonna fto it conscionable disappear, due to the fact that I was the atrocious guy."
Speaking aft the email astir Smith was released connected the weekend, Gruden denied helium was racist.
"I'm not a racist," Gruden said aft the match. "I can't archer you however sick I am. I apologise again to D Smith, but I consciousness bully astir who I americium and what I've done my full life. ... I had nary radical volition with those remarks astatine all. I'm not similar that astatine all. I apologise. I don't privation to support addressing it."
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