Raiders Coach Jon Gruden Forced to Resign After Racist Emails Revealed

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The coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, Jon Gruden, has now been forced to resign from his position after emails containing alleged ‘racist’ and ‘homophobic’ comments were released.

As The New York Times reports:

Jon Gruden stepped down Monday as the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders football team hours after The New York Times detailed emails in which he had made homophobic and misogynistic remarks, following an earlier report of racist statements about a union leader.

His resignation was a striking departure from the football league for a coach who had won a Super Bowl, been a marquee analyst on ESPN and returned to the N.F.L. in 2018 to lead the resurgent Raiders, which he had coached years before.

Gruden’s departure came after a New York Times report that N.F.L. officials, as part of a separate workplace misconduct investigation that did not directly involve him, found that Gruden had casually and frequently unleashed misogynistic and homophobic language over several years to denigrate people around the game and to mock some of the league’s momentous changes.

He denounced the emergence of women as referees, the drafting of a gay player and the tolerance of players protesting during the playing of the national anthem, according to emails reviewed by The Times.

Gruden has a mixed record as a head coach, though once having won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he has had less luck in more recent years.

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