Las Vegas Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden Resigns Over Offensive Emails


Rick Scuteri | Associated Press

Former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden’s offensive emails leaked by the media

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden resigned amid a series of emails obtained by the NFL containing racist, homophobic, and mysoginisitc language that was reported on by the New York Times.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Gruden announced his resignation to the team shortly after the Times released its report. Gruden released a statement shortly after confirming his resignation to the public.

“I have resigned as Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders,” Gruden announced. “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 were obtained by the NFL as part of an ongoing workplace misconduct investigation into former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen. In an email obtained by the NFL from 2011 to Allen, Gruden uses the racist trope “rubber lips” to describe NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith.

The emails obtained by the NFL and the Times spanned from 2011 to 2018. Gruden called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as well as several NFL owners, coaches, and reporters who cover the league, several homophobic and sexist slurs

Gruden also exchanged emails with Allen containing photos of women only wearing swimsuit bottoms, including two Washington Football Team cheerleaders. A sexist meme was also shared in an email to Gruden by Ed Droste, co-founder of Hooters, to which Gruden replied: “Nice job Roger (Goodell).”

Gruden criticized former-President Barack Obama and then Vice-President Joe Biden during their 2012 reelection campaign, calling them a sexist slur. He also denounced the NFL for attempting to reduce concussions and called for Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick to be fired for demonstrating against police brutality during the playing of the National Anthem.

Gruden condemned a congressional bill in 2015 that sought to change the Washington Redskins’ name, which was seen as a very offensive slur by Native Americans. Gruden also denounced players who sent him a link that year detailing how they wanted Goodell to support them in efforts for racial equality and criminal justice reform. “He (Goodell) needs to hide in his concussion protocol tent,” Gruden said in an email.

Gruden also called Caitlyn Jenner a transphobic slur and targeted Michael Sam, who came out as gay before the 2014 NFL draft, in an email per the Times. Gruden criticized Goodell for allegedly pressuring former St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher to draft Sam, whom he referred to as a homophobic slur in an email.

Various news outlets have continued to release more of Gruden’s emails since his resignation. Gruden’s future in the league remains uncertain, but many are doubtful that he will ever return to coach as more of his emails continue to be released.