Jon Gruden resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday after emails revealed he made homophobic, sexist and racist comments from 2010 to 2018.
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Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib, the NFL’s first openly gay player, was granted a personal day on Wednesday in light of everything that has happened since Monday night. Raider chief executive Mike Mayock said he has met Nassib three times since Gruden’s remarks were made public. He added that Nassib always deals with a lot of information, adding that the team fully supports him.
According to Monday’s explosive New York Times report, Gruden called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell an anti-gay insult and “p … hurry then-St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher This was an apparent reference to former NFL defensive lineman Michael Sam, who was the first openly gay player selected in the NFL Draft.
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The email appeared to contradict Gruden’s post when Nassib went gay before the start of the 2021 season and became the first active NFL player to be openly gay.
Gruden also reportedly made remarks about NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith saying, “Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of Michelin tires.” Gruden criticized the league for hiring female referees. In 2015, Sarah Thomas became the first permanent female official in league history. In 2017, Gruden responded to an allegedly sexist meme from Hooters co-founder Ed Droste about female NFL officials and replied, “Nice job roger,” The New York Times reported.
Gruden wrote that former defensive back Eric Reid should have been sacked for demonstrating during the national anthem. The targets of Gruden’s criticism also included a bill that would have forced the then Redskins to change their names in 2015, Caitlyn Jenner and former President Barack Obama and then Vice President Joe Biden.
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Raiders owner Mark Davis said last week the email about Smith was “disturbing and not what the Raiders stand for” and said the team is looking at the additional emails.
Raiders assistant coach Rich Bisaccia has been named the team’s interim head coach.
Ryan Gaydos of Fox News contributed to this report.