Jon Gruden to resign after emails exposed

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 10:  Head coach Jon Gruden of the Las Vegas Raiders walks onto the field before a game against the Chicago Bears at Allegiant Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Bears defeated the Raiders 20-9. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

Jon Gruden. (Chris Unger/Getty Images)

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has informed his staff that he plans to resign, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports.

News of Gruden’s decision to step down follows a New York Times report that he regularly used anti-gay and misogynist language in email exchanges with former Washington Football Team executive Bruce Allen and others, the New York Times reported on Monday. 

The Times reviewed a trove of email exchanges involving Gruden that surfaced as part of an NFL investigation into workplace misconduct at the Washington Football Team. Among the 650,000 emails that were reviewed included several from Gruden starting in 2010 when he worked for ESPN as a “Monday Night Football” analyst. 

In some of those emails, Gruden referred to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as a “fa****t” and a “clueless anti football p****y.” He wrote that Goodell shouldn’t have pressured then-Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher to draft “queers,” according to the report. The Rams made Michael Sam the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL in 2014. 

Gruden denounced the NFL’s move to hire women as referees and criticized acceptance of players protesting for racial justice during the national anthem. He also exchanged photos of topless women with Allen, including one of Washington Football Team cheerleaders, according to the report. 

Monday’s report arrives days after Gruden responded to a report that exposed racist language he used in reference to DeMaurice Smith, the Black executive director of the National Football League Players Association. Gruden declared on Friday that “I don’t have a racist bone in my body” after the Wall Street Journal reported that he wrote of Smith an an email: “Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin [sic] tires,” playing on anti-Black trope.

The emails reviewed by the Times were part of the same investigation. The NFL previously announced that it had sent the emails to the Raiders for review. Some of the email exchanges also included Hooters co-founder Ed Droste, Outback Bowl executive Jim McVay and Tampa restauranteur Nick Reader, who founded Florida fried chicken franchise PDQ Restaurants, according to the report. 

Neither Gruden, Allen, the NFL, the Raiders, Droste, McVay or Reader immediately responded to Times requests for comments. 

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