Gruden quits as Raiders head coach after alleged racist and sexist emails leaked

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John Gruden quit his job as NFL head coach with the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday after several emails were leaked.

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58 years old announced his resignation Just hours after the historic alleged racist, sexist and homophobic message surfaced.

John Gruden has resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiderscredit: getty

The New York Times on Monday reported details of several offensive emails sent to Gruden between 2011 and 2018.


This came after a Wall Street Journal report last week revealed that he used racist language towards NFL Players Association boss Demoris Smith in a 2011 email.

The New York Times reported that Gruden used a gay slur to insult NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and also called him “ignorant” and “anti-football.”

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The former Raiders coach has also been alleged that Goodell pressured the Rams to draft ‘queer’, a reference to the first openly gay player drafted by NFL team Michael Sam.

And he is accused of responding to a sexist meme of a female officer by saying ‘Nice Job Roger’ in an email in 2017.

Gruden has also called for the sacking of Eric Reid, who took a knee during the US national anthem to highlight social injustice and racial inequality.

It was reportedly written on him that ‘he needed to hide in his concussion protocol tent’, in reference to the number of head injuries Reid suffered after the NFL’s efforts to downplay the concussion.

In an early leak to the Wall Street Journal last Friday, Gruden said that NFLPA boss Smith has ‘lips the size of Mitchell Tire’.

The emails came to the NFL’s attention during a review of workplace misconduct on a Washington football team that was completed this summer.

According to the New York Times, Gruden’s emails were sent to former Washington team chairman Bruce Allen and others while Gruden was working as an analyst for ESPN.

He was in the fourth year of a 10-year deal to coach the Raiders before his sudden departure.

The 58-year-old said in a statement: “I have resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.

“I love the Raiders and don’t want to be distracted. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff and fans of Raider Nation.

“I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”

Raiders owner Mark Davies said in a statement that he has accepted Gruden’s resignation without elaboration and that Rich Biscia has been named interim head coach.

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