John Gruden was right when he said Sunday that he didn’t have an “ounce of racism.” It was more like a metric ton. As with every other brand of misogyny, homophobia and bigotry.
get rid of grudden – If you believe that he “resigned,” I have a bridge to sell you – was easy. But Gruden is hardly the only case. Shocking as the rude and hateful language used by Gruden in the email, anyone who has followed the NFL knows even a little bit of course where it came from.
“It’s not as much about an email as it is about the widespread belief by some that people who look like me may be considered inferior,” said Demoris Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association. said in a cryptic series of tweets on Monday night That, in a matter of hours, made a lot more sense.
“The powerful in our business have to accept that football needs to get better rather than making excuses to maintain the status quo.”
And therein lies the problem.
So many of the NFL’s powers—owners, officials, league offices, coaches, media partners—still believe that straight, white people have the only world view that matters. They do not see blacks, women, the LGBTQ+ community or other marginalized groups as equals, and are sure they will not be treated as such.
Oh, they’ll say the right things in public to avoid criticism for Neanderthals, some even giving lip service to the NFL’s window-dressing efforts to promote equality. But behind closed doors, in their private conversations and cheeky emails, they reveal who they really are.
The late Houston Texans owner Robert McNair once described players protesting racial injustice as “prisoners running the game.” The women who worked for and covered the Washington football team described a toxic environment where they were repeatedly objectified and humiliated by sexual harassment.
And I’ve lost count of how many team owners have turned a blind eye to players accused of domestic abuse, as Chicago Bears president George McCaskey said, “Like anyone else with prejudice in this situation — a certain The amount is to give relaxation in what they have to say.”
It should not be noted that Gruden’s undated emails were uncovered during an investigation into the dumpster fire at the Washington football team — an investigation the NFL has tried vigorously to bury.
The league has declined to release any of Beth Wilkinson’s detailed findings and, unlike previous NFL investigations, has asked her to present a verbal rather than written report. Paper trails, as we’ve seen over the past few days, have an uncomfortable way of coming across.
For any specific charges, now kinda, including the one against sorta, not actually fired WFT owner Daniel Snyder, the NFL has declared the subject off-limits.
No wonder, then, that Gruden thought he could have escaped accountability for emails he sent when he was working as a television analyst.
He closed questions about Sunday wall street journal Smith reported his racist description, and did so again on Monday. Raiders owner Mark Davis, who was so hell-bent on hiring Gruden in 2018 that he essentially ignored the Rooney rule and apparently did little, if any, vetting he still bothered to do. Were. new York Times Forced hand.
The Times reported that casual misogyny and homophobia were a regular part of Gruden’s vocabulary in emails to NFL officials and friends. He called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell an “uninformed antifootball (homophobic slur)” and ridiculed his efforts to make the game safer.
Gruden criticized the Rams for drafting Michael Sam, who is openly gay, and players who protested racial injustice. He denounced Congressional efforts to force the Washington football team to drop its previous, racist surname. When he was sent a sexist meme of a female referee, Gruden replied, “Good job Roger.”
If it were hardcore bingo, Gruden would have covered almost every class. His behavior is disgusting, reprehensible and, considering Carl Nasib, the first NFL active player who is openly gay, plays for the Raiders, is terrifying.
“I’m sorry,” Gruden said in a statement to the Raiders posted on Twitter, “I never meant to hurt anyone.”
More like he never thought he was hurting anyone, so was convinced that he was superior to someone who didn’t look like him and loved him.
But sadly, Gruden is not alone. Not in this country, and certainly not in the NFL.
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