Las Vegas Raiders players react to Jon Gruden’s 2011 emails as coach apologizes again

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LAS VEGAS — Raiders players offered defense, indifference and a no comment Sunday when it came to coach Jon Gruden and his 10-year-old inflammatory emails that came to light over the weekend. And Gruden again apologized for his language, including a racist comment, in the missives.

Gruden and his players spoke in the wake of the Raiders’ 20-9 loss to the Chicago Bears at Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas’ second straight lackluster defeat after opening 3-0.

“I’ve been around this guy for three years now, I’ve never felt a certain type of way about him,” running back Josh Jacobs said of Gruden, who drafted him in the first round out of Alabama in 2019.

“He’s never rubbed me a certain way, that type of way. I mean, what he said is what he said at the end of the day, too. But I mean, I definitely trust him. I mean, it was 10 years ago. People grow.”

Gruden addressed the players in a Friday morning meeting, letting them know that an article was coming in The Wall Street Journal reporting that he, then working for ESPN as the lead analyst on “Monday Night Football,” had emailed then-Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen and said NFLPA president DeMaurice Smith, who is Black, had “lips the size of michellin tires” in 2011. Gruden also made a vulgar comment about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Gruden later told ESPN he used the term “rubber lips” to describe someone he saw as lying, and that he was frustrated by the lockout at the time and failed negotiations between Smith and Goodell.

Raiders linebacker Denzel Perryman, who joined the Raiders in a Sept. 1 trade with the Carolina Panthers, said Sunday, “I let it go as soon as we walked out of the meeting room. I wasn’t focused on that. Still not focused on it. So, I mean, I don’t know what he said. I could care less, honestly. I don’t know how many years ago it was but my main focus this week was on the Bears, not whatever he had going on.”

Asked specifically about how Black players on the team were feeling,…



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