Just like that, poof, John Gruden's legacy is gone, finished...no more.
Super Bowl winning coach John Gruden has stepped down from his coaching duties with the Las Vegas Raiders after it was discovered that emails dating back as far as 2011 and as present as 2018 included homophobic and racist rants about individuals affiliated with the NFL. While the NFL is investigating a toxic and misogynistic culture of the Washington Football Team, they scoured 650,000 emails which then uncovered Gruden's true nature.
The first email discovered had already started the ball rolling, when he said this about players union boss, DeMaurice Smith, "Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of Michelin tires.” Many rushed to his defense, claiming this is an old saying about people who talk too much. Yeah, "old" saying I bet. Back when people weren't held accountable for these types of comments.
To eliminate any doubt of where Gruden's heart lies, another email surfaced where, speaking about Michael Sam, an openly gay NFL player, he said the Rams' coach shouldn't have to draft a "queer", a known derogatory moniker for homosexuals.
Some took to Twitter to point out the racist comment probably wouldn't have gotten him to step down...
Logic on Twitter: "Jon Gruden used racially insensitive remarks in email.Yall: it's was 10 years ago let's play football Jon Gruden used Homophobic language In a email when speaking about the commissioner Headlines: John Gruden Resigns pic.twitter.com/m4szCW9tph / Twitter"
Jon Gruden used racially insensitive remarks in email.Yall: it's was 10 years ago let's play football Jon Gruden used Homophobic language In a email when speaking about the commissioner Headlines: John Gruden Resigns pic.twitter.com/m4szCW9tph
The rants go on and on, calling commissioner Roger Goodell a "fa*g%t" and a "clueless anti-football pussy", and many other horrific things I am sure.
No telling what else they will find, or if they even find anything against Washington, but do not chalk this up to simple cancel culture. The NFL is in an investigation for a specific problem, misogynistic culture, and the Gruden emails would fall right into that category. Not that anyone needs an "excuse", no small business would want someone around with that sort of hatred, let alone a billion-dollar corporation always looking to be inclusive.
One thing is for sure, Gruden's NFL involvement is done forever.
~Michael Patrick Day, Irish Proud & 12oz Sports Writer
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