Jon Gruden resigning as Raiders coach after more leaked emails reveal homophobic language


Jon Gruden is out as the Raiders’ head coach, and it’s by his own doing. NFL Media reports that Gruden has informed his staff he is resigning from his position in the wake of leaked emails in which he repeatedly used insensitive language.

Already under investigation by the NFL for a 2011 email in which he used a racial trope to criticize NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, Gruden admitted Friday that he also used profane language to describe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. According to The New York Times, however, Gruden’s questionable conduct extended far beyond those comments, with Ken Belson and Katherine Rosman reporting Monday that the 58-year-old “casually and frequently unleashed misogynistic and homophobic language” to denigrate NFL peers from 2010 all the way to 2018, when he rejoined the Raiders.

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has confirmed the contents of emails and Gruden’s resignation obtained by the Times, which were sent by the NFL to the Raiders for review. Gruden’s initial comments regarding Smith, which first surfaced in a Wall Street Journal report and stemmed from a separate workplace investigation into Washington Football Team, are just one piece of a bigger issue at hand. The league was “waiting on the Raiders to take action,” per La Canfora, and was prepared to “step in” if Las Vegas did not address the situation beyond public denouncement of Gruden’s emails.

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Among Gruden’s uncovered emails, which were sent to former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen, are messages criticizing the emergence of women as NFL referees, as well as profane or frustrated reactions to former Rams draft pick Michael Sam’s entry to the NFL as an openly gay…

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