ESPN Ally Resigns After Past Emails Come To Light

( )- Jon Gruden, the extremely popular and sought-after now former head coach in the NFL, decided to resign from his position as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday.

Reports say he made the decision to step away after old emails he sent when he was employed as a football analyst for ESPN recently came to light. According to a New York Times report, those emails contained various slurs that mocking the masculinity of then-Commissioner Roger Goodell, railed against the NFL for pressuring teams to draft a player who was openly gay, and criticized the league for allowing women to be referees.

In a statement the team released, Gruden said:

“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.”

The emails in question were sent between 2011 and 2018. Gruden was working for ESPN as a “Monday Night Football” analyst at the time these emails were sent.

The emails were leaked as part of an investigation the NFL conducted into the workplace culture of what is now known as the Washington Football Team. Gruden’s emails were sent to Bruce Allen, who then was serving as the Washington Football Team’s president.

Investigators combed through roughly 650,000 emails while they were looking into the issue, and all of those were shared with the league offices. The league then sent Gruden’s emails to the Raiders so they were aware of what he had written.

People first started attacking Gruden last week when the first email from him became public. It was slamming DeMaurice Smith, who is the head of the NFL Players Association, and referenced the size of his lips.

Many media outlets were saying that Gruden’s comments were racist because Smith is black.

On Friday, Gruden said his comments “went too far,” but also said, “I never had a blade of racism in me.”

The Times was able to review more of these emails, which were private, and published some of them. Alongside the publication of the emails, the Times wrote:

“Taken together, the emails provide an unvarnished look into the clubby culture of one N.F.L. circle of peers, where white male decision makers felt comfortable sharing pornographic images, deriding the league policies, and jocularly sharing homophobic language.”

While Gruden has taken a lot of heat for these emails, and ultimately lost his job as a result, there are people who think the NFL has a double standard.

Conservative radio and TV host Clay Travis tweeted:

“Deshaun Watson has been accused of sexually assaulting 24 different women. He is currently eligible to play in the NFL. Yet Jon Gruden was just forced to resign as a coach because of years old derogatory emails. Actions used to matter more than words. Now it’s the opposite.”