Ex-Raiders player, coach Art Shell reacts to Jon Gruden emails: ‘He hurt a lot of people’

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Schell, who has been a part of the Raiders franchise for decades as a former player and coach, has spoken out about harmful email Sent by former Raiders coach John Gruden.

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“It’s depressing that someone would put themselves in a position to do that,” Shell told Tashan Reid of The Athletic in response to Gruden’s email. “He hurt a lot of people. He hurt himself too.”

Gruden, whose emails from 2011-2018 surfaced Homophobic, anti-female and racist comments Among them, resigned on Monday.


The email was uncovered by the league as part of an investigation that involved Washington football team and was reported by The New York Times, including the use of a homophobic slur used to describe league commissioner Roger Goodell and to condemn the hiring of female officers.

Wall Street Journal reporter says Gruden used a racist trope to describe executive director of the NFL Players Association Demauris Smith.

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“I mean, I think everyone is shocked,” Shell continued. “I was in shock. I said, ‘What?’ I couldn’t believe it. And that’s an unfortunate thing. But you have to live with the consequences of what you do. He’s going to pay a price. He’s already paid. He’s going to pay more . “

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The Raiders were the first team in the modern NFL to hire a black head coach — Shell in 1989 — and the first team to hire a woman as chief executive — Amy Trask, in 1997. Carl Fates, a Raiders defensive end, also became the first active player in league history to come out as gay.

“It’s just unfortunate that ideas like this are out there in today’s world,” Shell said. “You’d like to think that the world is changing. But for some, it isn’t. And to put it out there like that? Wow. That was amazing to me.”

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