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Chargers’ Brandon Staley shares thoughtful, nuanced response to Jon Gruden email scandal


You’ll likely become a Chargers fan after reading Brandon Staley’s comments.

The NFL head coach has an unhappy air of toxicity, especially after Jon Gruden’s emails were posted, which led to his resignation earlier in the week.

While the NFL Head Coach Brotherhood has largely remained silent on the situation, Chargers head coach Staley had a nuanced, thoughtful, positive and uplifting message in the wake of Gruden’s nasty emails.

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Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Staley offered his take on the coaching and these emails:

I think respect and trust in this world is really, really hard to achieve, and I think of all the people who have been affected by these emails. Whether you are a person of color, whether you are one gender, your sexual orientation – the people who have been affected by these emails, that’s what I’m thinking about. It is a sacred mantle for someone to call you a “coach” or someone to call you a leader. Confidence is really, really hard to achieve in this world. It’s really, really hard to do. Especially with the groups I just mentioned. People are really on guard and they are skeptical of people because of this kind of email.

The kindness and upliftment of people and respect for people you don’t know, I just think that’s a big part of our thing here, listening to people and learning more about people because what you will find out is that we have so much more in common than we don’t. For someone like me, it’s your responsibility to lead by example, every day, so that the people we talk about in these emails don’t need to feel that way. They shouldn’t feel that way. So I hope we can all learn from this – that it’s about bringing people together for me. So that people become the ones they dream of.

For me, leading this football team and being someone, I hope we can be a light to people in these emails – not everyone is like that. There are a lot more people who will like you than the opposite. Hopefully this will be a chance for everyone to come together, instead of going their separate ways.

While detractors and critics will say that Staley’s comments are “awake” or “sweet,” his take is quite straightforward and empowering: you can’t be a true leader, whether on a football team or other, without giving a positive example. for the people who follow. The fact that Gruden is now looking for a job should be enough proof of this theory.

Another point in Staley’s favor for his comments: Staley’s current has the Chargers in the right direction, with a 4-1 record to start the 2021 season, his first as an NFL head coach after going patrolled the sidelines with the Rams as their defensive coordinator.

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