Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden has resigned after a series of old emails surfaced where he denounced women referees, the drafting of a gay player, national anthem protests, and called Joe Biden a ‘nervous p****.’
According to emails sent from 2011-2018 reviewed by The New York Times, Gruden called Biden, in 2012 when he was vice president, a “nervous clueless pu**y.” Gruden was corresponding with former Washington executive Bruce Allen. He also called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a “fa**ot” and a “clueless anti-football pu**y.”
ESPN reporter Adam Schefter said: “The NFL sent the Raiders additional Jon Gruden emails to review on top of the negative one that surfaced last week and, per sources around the league, the NFL is actively monitoring the situation and waiting to see how the team will handle the matter.”
Gruden released a statement saying: “I have resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. 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.”
From The Daily Mail:
The Times reported that Gruden used a gay slur to insult Goodell and said he was ‘clueless’ and ‘anti-football.’ He also said Goodell shouldn´t have pressured the Rams to draft ‘queers,’ a reference to Michael Sam, who was the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.
Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib came out as gay in June and is the first openly gay player to appear in an NFL game.
In a 2017 email, the Times said Gruden responded to a sexist meme of a female official by saying: ‘Nice job roger.’
The paper also said Gruden criticized Goodell and the NFL league for trying to reduce concussions, and said that Eric Reid, a player who had demonstrated during the playing of the national anthem, should be fired.
The newspaper said Gruden also mocked an article in 2017 about players calling on Goodell to support their efforts promoting racial equality and criminal justice reform.
‘He needs to hide in his concussion protocol tent,’ Gruden wrote.
Gruden and Allen have a long relationship, having worked together in Oakland and Tampa Bay. The emails between the two and other men included photos of women wearing only bikini bottoms, including one photo of two Washington team cheerleaders.
Gruden also criticized President Barack Obama during his re-election campaign in 2012, and then-vice president Joe Biden.
Breaking News: The NFL coach Jon Gruden used misogynistic and homophobic language for years, a review of his emails shows. He denounced the emergence of women referees, the drafting of a gay player and the tolerance of protests during the national anthem. https://t.co/F3QpqV9yZS— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 12, 2021
Source: Jon Gruden just informed his staff that he plans to resign as #Raiders coach.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 12, 2021