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Jon Gruden resigns as head coach of Raiders

Jon Gruden in a Raiders hat

Jon Gruden’s tenure as the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders has ended.

Gruden met with team owner Mark Davis on Monday night, according to a report. He ended up informing his coaching staff that he was resigning as head coach.

“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,” Gruden said in a statement.

Rich Bisaccia, who was previously the Raiders’ assistant head coach and special teams coordinator, is now the team’s interim head coach.

Gruden’s second tenure as head coach of the Raiders ends in disappointing fashion. The first time around, he left after four seasons and went to Tampa Bay and won a Super Bowl, beating his former team. This time around, he didn’t even post a winning record before losing his job.

Gruden resigned after private emails he sent to former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen and others from 2011-2018 were uncovered as part of the NFL’s investigation into Washington’s workplace. A summary of the NFL’s findings reportedly were sent to Roger Goodell last week.

The first email to leak concerned Gruden’s comments about DeMaurice Smith. That story made headlines on Friday and was just the first of many damaging emails for the coach.

On Monday night, the New York Times revealed more contents of emails sent by Gruden to Allen and others. The emails included a gay slur and much more.

The 58-year-old was in the middle of his 15th season as an NFL head coach. He had to be lured away from his broadcasting duties at ESPN by the Raiders with a 10-year, $100 million contract. Now one has to wonder whether he will ever coach in the NFL or broadcast their games again.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden takes the field before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Gruden emails revealed: He used gay slur and more

Jon Gruden smiles

Old emails Jon Gruden sent to former Washington Football Team executive Bruce Allen (and others) have been publicly exposed, and they are proving to be problematic for the Las Vegas Raiders head coach.

The emails Gruden sent came from the 2011-2018 time period. The emails were uncovered during the NFL’s investigation into the Washington Football Team regarding the franchise’s workplace environment. According to the New York Times, the league completed its investigation and sent commissioner Roger Goodell a summary of findings last week.

One email where Gruden remarked about NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith have Michelin tire lips made headlines on Friday. The email was described as Gruden using a racist trope against Smith, though the coach disputed that and said he was calling Smith a liar.

On Monday night, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the NFL sent more “damaging” emails sent by Gruden to the Raiders for them to review. The New York Times later revealed the contents of the emails.

According to the New York Times, Gruden used problematic language regarding gay people.

From the Times’ story:

In the emails, Gruden called the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, a “faggot” and a “clueless anti football pussy” and said that Goodell should not have pressured Jeff Fisher, then the coach of the Rams, to draft “queers,” a reference to Michael Sam, a gay player chosen by the team in 2014.

There is more.

The Times says “Gruden exchanged emails with Allen and other men that included photos of women wearing only bikini bottoms, including one photo of two Washington team cheerleaders.”

Gruden also was critical of Eric Reid for kneeling for the national anthem and called out Goodell with disparaging language, the report says. You can read the entire story here.

Gruden is in his second stint as head coach of the Raiders. His team is currently 3-2. The 58-year-old won a Super Bowl as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2002 season.

Photo: Aug 18, 2021; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden during a joint practice against the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL has ‘damaging’ emails from Jon Gruden?

Jon Gruden

Jon Gruden is under fire for the comment he said about DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 email. He also had some negative things to say about Roger Goodell over email.

However, more problematic messages he sent to former Washington Football Team executive Bruce Allen have emerged. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, these emails are “damaging” and were sent to the Las Vegas Raiders.

“The NFL sent the Raiders additional emails, on top of the one that surfaced last week, on top of the ones that Chris Mortensen reported on ‘Sunday Countdown.’ These are more emails. And the NFL has sent them to the Raiders and presumably to Raiders owner Mark Davis to read over. The NFL initially said that it finds these emails objectionable and abhorrent. And now it’s saying it’s waiting to see what the Raiders do before they make any comment or take any action,” Schefter reported during ‘Monday Night Countdown.’

“The one thing we can say right now safely is, for those who thought that this issue might just go away, it certainly doesn’t seem like that’s the case. Because these are additional emails. And my sense is, my sense is, these are damaging emails. So if we already have some of the emails that we’ve heard about in which there were racial remarks that were offensive to people that were made, and there were disparaging remarks about the commissioner … now there are more emails with more disturbing things said, and we’re going to see what comes out of that.

“I think the league is monitoring the situation and waiting to see how Mark Davis handles this.”

As Schefter said, the NFL is waiting to see how Davis handles the matter before acting further.

Gruden is in his second stint as head coach of the Raiders. His team has improved each season since he’s been there and is currently 3-2.

Tim Brown says Jon Gruden uses ‘rubber lips’ saying

Jon Gruden

Jon Gruden says he did not intend to be racist when he insulted DeMaurice Smith in an email 10 years ago, and Hall of Fame wide receiver Tim Brown believes his former coach.

Brown, who played for Gruden with the Oakland Raiders from 1998-2001, defended his longtime friend in a recent interview with SiriusXM Radio. Gruden has said he wrote in the 2011 email that Smith “has lips the size of michellin tires” as a way of calling the NFLPA executive director a liar. Brown said he has heard Gruden use the phrase “rubber lips” to describe people who he believes are being untruthful.

“I’ve heard Jon use the term rubber lips before, meaning that this guy’s double-talking, or he’s doing whatever,” Brown said, as transcribed by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “That’s just a term that he uses.”

Brown added that he has never experienced anything in all his years of knowing Gruden that indicated Gruden is racist.

“Never, ever, have I gotten anything from him that made me even pause, to think about, ‘Hmm, that didn’t come off right,’” Brown said. “I think if you know Gruden, if you know anything about him, or if you’ve been around him, especially for the length of time that I’ve been knowing him, then you would have gotten a hint that this guy is not right. There’s something that’s not right about him. There’s no way I would have ever.”

That meshes with the message Mike Tirico and Tony Dungy delivered during NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast. Both analysts defended Gruden’s character and said they felt his apology was sincere.

The Raiders condemned Gruden’s remark about Smith in a statement. It’s unclear if the 58-year-old will face disciplinary action from either the team or the NFL.

Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy defend Jon Gruden over email matter

Mike Tirico holds a microphone

Mike Tirico and Tony Dungy on Sunday defended Jon Gruden over the email the Las Vegas Raiders head coach has received attention for.

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal published a story saying that Gruden mentioned NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith’s tire-sized lips in a 2011 email sent to a then-Washington football executive.

The Wall Street Journal publicized the story by saying Gruden used a racial trope about Smith, who is black. Smith issued a comment in the story saying that Gruden’s comment was a typical example of the racism he has to face.

The story was released the same day Smith was facing reelection for his position with the NFLPA, which he narrowly won in a surprising vote.

Gruden immediately apologized for the contents of his email and added context to the comment. He said that he uses the term “rubber lips” to describe people who are lying. Therefore, he says his Michelin tire lips comment about Smith had to do with Gruden saying the NFLPA executive was lying, and was not an attack on Smith’s physical characteristics.

During NBC’s “Football Night in America” on Sunday night, both Tirico and Dungy addressed the matter.

“We heard Jon Gruden say he addressed this. He gave his side of it. He said that it wasn’t racial, that he was making a comment about DeMaurice Smith, and he basically attacked his character,” Dungy said. “I will accept that and just say that it was an immature way to do it. It wasn’t the right way to do it. But it was 10 years ago. And I’m not going to chalk everything up to racism. I think we accept his apology, move forward, and move on with his team.”

Tirico then offered his thoughts. He explained how he and Gruden were broadcasting partners at ESPN for “Monday Night Football” at the time.

“I think if I’m being honest with the audience, I should weigh in a little bit here,” Tirico began. “I was with Jon at that time — seven years as my partner on ‘Monday Night Football.’ I probably know Jon better than anybody in the league on a personal level. He said it right — he was ashamed by the comments in the email. The comments in the email are wrong.

“But, my experience kind of parallels Tim Brown, who played for Jon. [Brown] said he never experienced or saw anything that would say Jon was racist in any way. That was exactly the experience I had, those seven years of traveling, three days together on the road together every week.”

Both the Raiders and the NFL have issued statements on Gruden’s 2011 email comment. NBC Sports’ Mike Florio said on “Football Night in America” that some in the league office do not believe Gruden will be suspended.

Jon Gruden says report omitted his vulgar description of Roger Goodell

Jon Gruden

Jon Gruden has apologized for the remark he made about DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 email, but the Las Vegas Raiders head coach says he also had harsh criticism of other NFL executives and team owners at the time.

Gruden told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on Friday night that he was “in a bad frame of mind” when he made the comment about Smith. He says his emails were about the 2011 labor disagreement that led to a lockout and that one of them included a vulgar description of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

“I was in a bad frame of mind at the time (in 2011) and I called Roger Goodell a (expletive) in one of these emails, too,” Gruden said. “They were keeping players and coaches from doing what they love with a lockout.”

Gruden, who was with ESPN at the time, said he was also unhappy over some player safety issues.

“I was on a mission with high school football (in the Tampa area) during that time and there were a lot of parents who were scared about letting their kids play football,” he told Mortensen. “It just didn’t sit well with me.”

It’s unclear how many emails were flagged, but Gruden estimates that it was somewhere from five to seven. The 58-year-old seemed to be making the point that he was not singling out Smith, though it’s unlikely his critics will care.

Gruden said in the email that Smith, the executive director of the NFLPA, “has lips the size of michellin tires.” Many interpreted that as a racist remark, though Gruden provided another explanation for the description.

Jon Gruden addresses 2011 ‘lips’ email about DeMaurice Smith

Jon Gruden

Jon Gruden on Friday addressed accusations that he used a racist characterization regarding DeMaurice Smith over email in 2011.

The Wall Street Journal on Friday published a story regarding the language used by Gruden when discussing Smith, the executive director of the NFLPA.

“Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin tires,” Gruden wrote about Smith, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Journal says that Gruden’s email was sent to then-Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen. Gruden was a broadcaster for ESPN at the time. The Wall Street Journal did not know the context to the email, though they say it began with a thread over Tiger Woods splitting with his longtime caddie.

When contacted about the remark, Gruden apologized. He also tried to provide context, saying that he describes people he believes are lying as having “rubber lips.” In this case, he would have been taking the lips description too far.

Gruden said that at the time it was the NFL lockout and he was upset with Smith.

“I was upset,” Gruden told The Wall Street Journal. “I used a horrible way of explaining it.”

“I don’t think he’s dumb. I don’t think he’s a liar,” Gruden said. “I don’t have a racial bone in my body, and I’ve proven that for 58 years.”

Smith, who has been the NFLPA executive director since 2009, told the Wall Street Journal that Gruden’s language was an example of racism he and other black people face.

“Racism like this comes from the fact that I’m at the same table as they are and they don’t think someone who looks like me belongs,” Smith said. “I’m sorry my family has to see something like this but I would rather they know. I will not let it define me.”

Gruden insisted to reporters on Friday that there was no racial motivation to his comments.

Gruden, 58, is in his second stint as head coach of the Raiders. This is his 15th season as an NFL head coach.

ESPN graphic of Jon Gruden and Chucky dancing went viral

Jon Gruden Chucky graphic

ESPN punches up its “Monday Night Football” broadcasts with some proprietary animation graphics. During the Las Vegas Raiders-Los Angeles Chargers Week 4 game on Monday night, they drew some attention for an extra special graphic.

After the Raiders started to make a second half comeback against the Chargers, ESPN showed a graphic of Jon Gruden dancing next to the Chucky character from the “Child’s Play” horror movies. Chucky, of course, is Gruden’s nickname for his resemblance to the horror character.

People online reacted instantly to the graphic:

If you ask me, this was their greatest graphic yet. You have to love the way Gruden was twisting like John Travolta in “Pulp Fiction.” The only question is whether that was Gruden pictured or Frank Caliendo dressed as Gruden.

Jon Gruden upset with one thing from Raiders’ win over Dolphins

Jon Gruden

The Las Vegas Raiders improved to 3-0 with their overtime win against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, but Jon Gruden still had one complaint about the game — the road team was too well-represented.

After his team’s 31-28 overtime victory, Gruden said he took note of how many Dolphins fans were in attendance at Allegiant Stadium. He wasn’t thrilled.

Gruden is going to have to get used to that. Las Vegas is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Many NFL fans have already planned trips to Sin City to watch their teams take on the Raiders, and that trend is not going to stop.

It should be noted that there were still plenty of Raiders fans in attendance on Sunday. That was obvious when the Dolphins gave up a safety on an incredibly dumb play call (video here). The enthusiasm just may not be quite what it was when Gruden’s team played in Oakland.

Video: Jon Gruden caught by hot mic dropping F-bombs on refs

Jon Gruden upset

Jon Gruden is known for being an intense coach on the sidelines. Thanks to CBS’ microphones, we have some proof of that.

Gruden was livid over a penalty called before halftime in his Las Vegas Raiders’ 26-17 win at the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The Raiders had a 3rd-and-goal from the Steelers 17 with under 20 seconds left before halftime. They completed a pass for nine yards, but there was a penalty. Offensive lineman Kolton Miller was called for being an ineligible man downfield.

Gruden was upset about the penalty call and let the referees hear it. He was heard cursing at the officials, dropping F-bombs left and right.

Even announcer Ian Eagle commented on Gruden’s F-bombs.

That penalty took the Raiders back five yards to the 22. They settled for a Daniel Carlson 41-yard field goal to take a 9-7 lead into the half.

The Raiders still won the game and are a surprising 2-0 to start the season. Gruden is also undefeated when it comes to calling out officials. They don’t call him “Chucky” for nothing.