Shaun King was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a brief period when Jon Gruden was the organization’s head coach, and he responded to the fallout from the email on Tuesday.
The former NFL quarterback told Compare.bet he was shocked after Gruden’s first email was obtained by the Wall Street Journal last week.
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“The first email I saw was the one addressed to (NFLPA executive director) DeMaurice Smith. I was shocked, in fact, because it was so obnoxious and so unnecessary. It shows that sometimes you think you know someone, and maybe you don’t. You just know what their presentation is. It was disappointing, “King said.
King told the website he knew Gruden was done once the New York Times published the other emails, which showed homophobic and misogynistic comments and other vulgar remarks about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
“What did the NFL push from a narrative standpoint? Upward mobility and equality for women. You see women hired in many organizations in roles traditionally reserved for men. And inclusiveness, whether sexual, religious, When those emails went out I knew the end was near. You can’t defend this verbiage, ”King told Compare.bet.
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“A championship football team is built on responsibility, discipline and respect. The fact that they have a gay player, and then he puts out what he said about the kid from Missouri who was drafted ( Michael Sam). It is now impossible to go to (Carl Nassib) and explain that. “
The former quarterback said he had never had any negative interactions with Gruden, but the emails show someone different from the person he knew.
“He just has to look inside, because when you write something like that and send it, you really mean it. If you’re joking with your boys, hydrate and drink a few cocktails, someone might say something smooth. But when you sit down and form sentences… it’s hard to turn around and say you didn’t mean anything. In my personal interactions with Jon Gruden, I never considered him racist , but these emails describe a different person, ”he added.
King was a backup quarterback for the Buccaneers in 2002 when Brad Johnson and the stellar Tampa Bay defense led the team to a Super Bowl victory. He would play four games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2004 before moving from team to team. He would never see another down after the 2004 season.
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The former second-round pick would play in the Arena Football League and the Canadian Football League before becoming a coach.