Jon Gruden has put a condo on his wrist and he’s cashing out as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.
Gruden’s resignation was prompted by a 10-year email trail where he allegedly used racist, misogynistic and anti-gay language.
In a statement released on Monday (October 11) night, Jon Gruden said:
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.
See the tweet below.
Gruden was already catching flack for an email where he said NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith had “lips the size of michellin tires.”
Jon told ESPN that he routinely used the term “rubber lips” to “refer to a guy I catch as lying … he can’t spit it out.”
I’m ashamed I insulted De Smith. I never had a racial thought when I used it. I’m embarrassed by what’s out there. I certainly never meant for it to sound that bad.
But, just when he was hoping the dust was about to settle, the New York Times, blew up his spot about other emails where Gruden emailed Bruce Allen and told him that Roger Goodell should not have pressured then-Rams coach Jeff Fisher to draft “queers,” referring to former defensive end Michael Sam, a gay player drafted in 2014.
According to The NY Times, Gruden also used anti-gay slurs on several instances while referring to Goodell, some owners, coaches, and media.
That’s when Jon Gruden resigned.
Rich Bisaccia, the Raiders’ special teams coordinator, was elevated to interim head coach, the team said.
Read more at ESPN.