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Jon Gruden Resigns As Las Vegas Raiders Head Coach Amid 2011 Email Scandal


Jon Gruden Resigns As Las Vegas Raiders Head Coach Amid 2011 Email Scandal

Jon Gruden is no longer the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Super Bowl-winner has officially resigned following public uproar regarding emails he sent between 2011 and 2018.

Jon Gruden. Credit: PA
Jon Gruden. Credit: PA

In an email from over a decade ago, Gruden told then-Washington GM Bruce Smith that NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith "has lips the size of Michelin tires".


that email from 2011 alone sparked huge backlash, but a bit of digging by The New York Times has uncovered a string of "misogynistic", "homophobic" and "racist" slurs within messages sent from Gruden's email address.

Now, after finding himself squarely in the firing line, the veteran coach has informed the Las Vegas Raiders that he is resigning.

"I have resigned as Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders," Gruden said.

"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."


According to The New York Times, a bunch of emails dated from 2011 to 2018 show Gruden taking aim at various figures within the sport.

In one email, it is alleged that Gruden labelled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a "f****t" and a "clueless anti football p***y".


It's understood Gruden has also hit out at Goodell for apparently pressuring then-Rams coach Jeff Fisher to draft "queers" when referring to former defensive end Michael Sam.

Other reports suggest the now-ex-Raiders play-caller also called for Eric Reid to be fired following his national anthem protests alongside former NRL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

More damning findings also discovered that Gruden reportedly didn't want women to be employed as referees within the league and that he has taken issue with the NFL's strict concussion protocols in the past.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: American Football, NFL, Australia

Max Sherry
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