The injury to Jon Gruden’s legacy has radiated past the lack of his job as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders and the widespread denunciation of feedback that have been homophobic, misogynistic and racist. The revelation that Gruden denigrated folks across the N.F.L. has tarnished long-held relationships, quashed a sponsorship deal and plunged him into disrepute with the group he delivered a Super Bowl title.
Gruden has not spoken publicly since his assertion asserting his resignation on Monday night time, hours after The New York Times reported that N.F.L. officers had found, amid a workplace misconduct investigation into the Washington Football Team that didn’t immediately contain him, that he had casually and commonly disparaged folks all through the league in bigoted phrases. That report got here three days after The Wall Street Journal first reported Gruden had despatched a message through which he denigrated DeMaurice Smith, the manager director of the N.F.L. Players Association, who’s Black, with a racist trope.
The N.F.L.P.A. and the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which is devoted to enhancing variety within the N.F.L., condemned Gruden’s remarks, not like the Raiders, who of their assertion Monday night time merely mentioned that proprietor Mark Davis had accepted his resignation. On Wednesday, General Manager Mike Mayock emphasised to reporters that Davis’s late father, Al Davis, had employed, at varied occasions, the league’s highest-ranking girl, Amy Trask; the primary African American coach within the trendy period, Art Shell; and one of many league’s first Hispanic coaches, Tom Flores.
Mark Davis advised ESPN on Wednesday that he had no touch upon Gruden’s departure. Then, maybe suggesting his displeasure that these beforehand confidential emails had price him his coach, Davis mentioned, “Ask the N.F.L. They have all the answers.”
The league mentioned final week that it shared emails with the Raiders through which Gruden made derogatory remarks. As the Raiders tried to regroup behind the interim coach, Rich Bisaccia, Gruden’s former crew, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, eliminated his identify from their Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium. They probably had little alternative after one e mail from 2015 revealed that Gruden — who coached the crew for seven years, successful a Super Bowl after the 2002 season — insulted Bryan Glazer, a scion of the household that owns the crew, with a crude request.
Under their present coach, Bruce Arians, the Buccaneers have prioritized diversifying their workers. They grew to become the primary crew to set up Black coaches in all three coordinator positions, they usually have been additionally the primary to have two ladies — assistant line of defense coach Lori Locust and power and conditioning coach Maral Javadifar — in full-time roles.
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have advocated for purposeful change in the areas of race relations, gender equality, diversity and inclusion for many years,” the crew mentioned in a press release. “While we acknowledge Jon Gruden’s contributions on the field, his actions go against our core values as an organization.”
Gruden exchanged these emails with Bruce Allen, the previous president of the Washington Football Team, and others, throughout his time as an ESPN commentator earlier than his second stint because the Raiders’ coach started in 2018. They symbolize only a sliver of about 650,000 messages reviewed by the N.F.L. as a part of an investigation into Washington’s workplace tradition that ended this summer time. The league, concluding that the atmosphere was “highly unprofessional” and perpetuated bullying and intimidation, fined Washington $10 million.
No formal accounting of the investigation was launched on the time, solely a brief abstract. Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, attorneys who have been representing 40 former crew staff, inveighed in opposition to that call on the time, saying that the league was defending the crew’s proprietor, Daniel Snyder, by holding the findings non-public. Banks and Katz renewed their push on Tuesday after Gruden’s resignation.
“It is truly outrageous that after the NFL’s 10-month-long investigation involving hundreds of witnesses and 650,000 documents related to the longtime culture of harassment and abuse at the Washington Football Team, the only person to be held accountable and lose their job is the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders,” they mentioned in a press release. “Our clients and the public at large deserve transparency and accountability. If not, the N.F.L. and Roger Goodell must explain why they appear intent on protecting the Washington Football Team and owner Dan Snyder at all costs.”
Gruden additionally lost his endorsement contract with the footwear and attire company Skechers, which in a press release cited a zero-tolerance coverage for habits that opposes its perception in “equality, fostering tolerance and understanding for all people.”
He additionally could have lost the respect of one in every of his former gamers, Carl Nassib, who’s the primary energetic N.F.L. participant to publicly declare that he’s homosexual.
Gruden, in a single e mail, used a derogatory time period when he wrote that Commissioner Roger Goodell shouldn’t have pressured the Rams to draft homosexual gamers. Gruden was referring to Michael Sam, a homosexual participant taken in 2014. When Nassib got here out in June, Gruden praised his determination. Nassib has not commented publicly on Gruden’s emails, however when the Raiders reconvened Wednesday for observe, Nassib was not there.
“He requested a personal day today,” Mayock told reporters. “He just said he’s got a lot to process, there’s a lot that’s been going on the last few days, and of course, we support that request.”