One of the NFL’s highest-paid coaches resigned on Monday night after reports revealed that he used homophobic, racist, and misogynistic language in emails while working as an ESPN analyst.
Recent articles by The Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported that the Las Vegas Raiders head coach, Jon Gruden, used offensive language in emails that date back to 2010.
“I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction,” Gruden said in a statement issued by the Raiders. “Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”
Raiders owner, Mark Davis, said in a tweet that he accepted Gruden’s resignation.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Gruden had sent an email in 2011 that contained racist comments when referring to DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association executive director.
Gruden responded to the Wall Street Journal report on Sunday by saying, “All I can say is that I’m not racist.”
The New York Times followed up with another report on Monday that reviewed more emails and revealed that Gruden had mocked the drafting of the first openly gay player in NFL history and denounced the emergence of women in the NFL as officials. He also criticized the acceptance of players protesting for racial justice during the national anthem.
Gruden became one of the NFL’s highest-paid coaches after signing a 10-year, $100 million contract with the Raiders. The contract is now terminated and he will likely have to find employment in a different field.
Assistant coach, Rich Bisaccia, will now replace Gruden as the interim head coach.
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