Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has stepped down from his post following emails containing racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments. Emails acquired by The New York Times show that Gruden frequently used misogynistic and homophobic language directed at Commissioner Roger Goodell and others throughout the league.
The Wall Street Journal said Friday that the University of Dayton graduate used a racist comment to describe NFL Players Association leader DeMaurice Smith in 2011. The NFL obtained the emails that Gruden sent to Bruce Allen, the former president of the Washington Football Team, in a separate investigation of workplace misconduct regarding that franchise.
Additional email's have surfaced that showed the Sandusky, Ohio native denounced the drafting of a gay player and the tolerance of players protesting during the playing of the national anthem among other issues.
NFL Players Association leader DeMaurice Smith says he appreciates that Raiders coach Jon Gruden reached out to him following the report that Gruden used a racist comment in a email about him 10 years ago.
Smith said in a Twitter thread on Monday that the email reported by the Wall Street Journal that showed Gruden referred in a racist way to Smith's facial features is evidence that the fight against racism is ongoing.
Gruden, who won a Super Bowl Championship in 2003 (at the age of 39) as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during his career, has apologized for his "insensitive remarks" and said Monday he has learned from this, but didn't go into detail. During his climb up the coaching ladder, Gruden served as an assistant coach in the college ranks at Tennessee, Southeast Missouri State, University of The Pacific, and the University of Pittsburgh. Gruden also served as an assistant in the pro ranks at San Francisco, Green Bay, and Philadelphia before being hired as head coach of the Raiders by Pro Football Hall Of Famer Al Davis in 1998. Gruden was just 34-years-old when he was hired by the Raiders icon. Gruden was "traded" by the "Silver and Black" to the Buccaneers in 2002, and as head coach, Gruden led Tampa Bay to the franchises first Super Bowl Championship in San Diego. Coincidentally the Bucs beat the Raiders in that title tilt in Southern California 48-21.
The 58-year-old Gruden was in the fourth year of a 10-year, $100 million contract with Las Vegas. The Raiders announced that special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia will takes over the reins of the team as interim head coach moving forward after Gruden's departure. Las Vegas lost at home last Sunday 20-9 against rookie quarterback Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears. The setback was the second in a row for the (3-2) Raiders. Las Vegas will try and get back on the winning track this weekend when they travel to Colorado on Sunday to face the (3-2) Denver Broncos in a highly anticipated AFC West battle in the "Mile High City."
(Report Compiled With Information Obtained By The Associated Press/NFL/Las Vegas Raiders)