Jon Gruden, Raiders coach, resigning after more damaging emails emerge

Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden is resigning, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports on Monday, after repeatedly using homophobic and misogynistic language in emails sent over a period of seven years and obtained by the NFL as part of an unrelated investigation, according to a report in The New York Times on Monday.

The person requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation.

NFL Network was first to report that Gruden had informed his staff he was resigning. 

The Times reported that Gruden used a homophobic slur to describe NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, denigrated the drafting of a gay player, mocked transgender woman Caitlyn Jenner and suggested that a player who kneeled during the national anthem should be fired, among other things.

The revelations come three days after The Wall Street Journal reported that, in one 2011 email, Gruden used a racist trope when describing NFL Players’ Association executive director DeMaurice Smith

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“Dumboriss [sic] Smith has lips the size of michellin [sic] tires,” he wrote, according to the newspaper.

Gruden apologized for that specific email in a statement to The Wall Street Journal, saying that “I don’t have a racial bone in my body.”

Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement that he found it “disturbing” and “not what the Raiders stand for.”

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