Raiders Coach Resigns after Emails with Controversial Comments Leak

Las Vegas Raiders’ head coach Jon Gruden is pictured before the start of a game against the Chicago Bears at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada, October 10, 2021. (Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters)

Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden resigned on Monday following the leak of emails in which he used racist, homophobic, and sexist language.

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

In an email from July 21, 2011 to then-Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen, Gruden criticized NFL Players Association executive DeMaurice Smith, who is black.

“Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin tires,” Gruden wrote in the email, reported by the Wall Street Journal last week.

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