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

Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden resigned Monday night amid reports that he repeatedly used homophobic and misogynistic language in a series of emails.

“I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction,” he said in a statement. “Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”

Gruden’s resignation came a little more than an hour after The New York Times revealed excerpts of the 58-year-old coach’s emails, which were sent over a period of seven years and obtained by the NFL as part of an unrelated investigation. 

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

The Wall Street Journal separately reported Friday that Gruden used a racist trope when describing NFL Players’ Association executive director DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 message.

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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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