NFL players attack ‘fraud’ Jon Gruden after racist and anti-gay emails | Las Vegas Raiders
There was little sympathy from NFL players past and present on Tuesday for Jon Gruden after his resignation from Las Vegas Raiders.
Gruden resigned After posting emails in which he used racist, anti-gay, and anti-women language. In an email that surfaced on Monday, he lamented the NFL drafting “queers” after the St Louis Rams chose gay Michael Sam in 2014. In another message, released on Friday, the players union chief described NFL DeMaurice Smith, who is black, has “lips the size of Michelin tires.”
On his appearance on the Pat McAfee Show, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said: “These opinions have no place in the game…this nonsense doesn’t fly.” Rodgers, one of the most prominent players in NFLHe added that he does not believe Gruden’s emails reflect the league.
He said: “I can say with real honesty and pride that these opinions are not shared with the players… The dressing room allows you to have great conversations and this is the best way to grow, learn, change and improve yourself.”
McAfee, who played for the Indianapolis Colts before moving to the media, said Groden had no excuses. “You can’t just pretend ignorance, you can’t just say ‘I didn’t mean to hurt anyone.’ Because it’s very clear that if you want to record and write it down, you probably use it every day,” McAfee said.
Keyshawn Johnson, whom Gruden coached when they won the Super Bowl along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2002 season, was even sharper.
“He’s always been a crook to me. …From day one, he’s been a used car salesman. People bought it because he inherited a championship team built by Tony Dungey and Rich McKay,” Johnson said on his ESPN radio show.
Johnson expanded on his views during his later appearance on ESPN’s first shot. “Man, this guy is a con. You don’t seem to understand that he’s selling you something and you’re buying it.” “He’s been doing it for years. … Speaking behind people’s backs, that was one of his traits in Tampa.”
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin also worked with Groden in the Buccaneers. “I’m sad for the Raiders. I’m sad for the people who offended them. I’m sad for Coach Groden. It’s a sad comment. That’s the only opinion I care to share at this juncture,” he said Tuesday.
After Sunday’s game, and before emails went public on Monday, arrogant Raiders Yannick Njakwe was asked how the team’s black players felt about Gruden’s description of Smith. He replied: No comment. In June, Ngakoy’s colleague Karl Nessib He became the first active player in the NFL To come out as gay. At the time, Gruden told ESPN, “I learned a long time ago that what makes a man different is what makes him great.”
In other emails that surfaced on Monday, Gruden called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a “gay” and an “ignorant pussy against football.” Eric Reed, one of the The first players to kneel alongside Colin Kaepernick while the national anthem was played in protest of police brutality; He called then-Vice President Joe Biden a “nervous, clueless pussy”; They exchanged pictures of women wearing bikini bottoms only.
Gruden is known for his feisty and outspoken personality and won the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2002 season. He later became a mainstay in the ESPN commentary booth before resuming his coaching career with the Raiders in 2018.