Jon Gruden left the position of head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, franchise of NFL, after revealing emails in which the coach commits acts of homophobia, machismo e racism. “I love the Raiders and I don’t want to be a distraction. Thanks to all players, coaches, staff and fans. I’m sorry, I never intended to hurt anyone,” Gruden said in an official statement released by the Raiders this Monday, 11. Gruden has been in the Raiders since 2018 and has previously worked at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as head coach, in addition to holding other positions. in technical committees of other franchises. In the current season, the Las Vegas Raiders has three wins and two losses and is in third place in the AFC West, a position that would leave them out of the playoffs.
In the emails, Gruden committed racism by referring to the executive director of the NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith, as someone who ‘had lips the size of a Michelin tire’, took a stand against hiring women as NFL judges , against the choice of Michael Sam, the first openly homosexual player to apply for the league draft, and against the anti-racist protests of the players who knelt during the US anthem. He also used homophobic insults to refer to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell calling him a “faggot” and “an anti-football pussy” for “pressing Jeff Fisher, then Los Angeles Rams coach, to select Michael Sam in the 2014 draft. The emails surfaced during an NFL investigation and published by The New York Times.