Jon Gruden reveals more details from controversial emails, including vulgarity directed at Roger Goodell


Raiders coach Jon Gruden is already in some hot water with the NFL for using racist imagery in a 2011 email and things might not get any better for him with the league after he admitted on Friday that he also took a vulgar shot at NFL commissioner Roger in that same collection of emails. 

During an interview with ESPN, Gruden revealed that he used an inappropriate word to describe Goodell. 

“I was in a bad frame of mind at the time [in 2011], and I called Roger Goodell a [expletive] in one of these emails too,” Gruden said. “They were keeping players and coaches from doing what they love with a lockout.” 

Gruden’s emails, which also included a racist trope directed at NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, were sent in 2011 during the NFL lockout. Not only was Gruden frustrated with how Goodell was handling the lockout, but he was also frustrated with the commissioner because he didn’t feel like Goodell was doing enough to make the game safer for players. 

“There also were a lot of things being reported publicly about the safety of the sport that I love,” Gruden said. “I was on a mission with high school football [in the Tampa, Florida, area] during that time, and there were a lot of parents who were scared about letting their kids play football. It just didn’t sit well with me.”

Gruden’s emails came to the light this week after the Wall Street Journal published the one about Smith on Thursday. In that email, which Gruden has apologized for, Gruden wrote that “Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin tires.”

On Monday, Smith said in a Twitter thread that Gruden’s email is evidence that the fight against racism is ongoing.

“This is not about an email as much as it is about a pervasive belief by some that people who look like me can be treated as less,” Smith wrote. “The email has also revealed why the comments by some with powerful platforms to explain this away are…

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