By: Gus Wilson
In 2018, Jon Gruden, who was one of the commentators for Monday Night Football, came out of retirement to sign a 10-year contract worth $100 million to become the new head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. On Monday, October 11th, 2021, only three years into the monster deal, Gruden resigned as the head coach of Las Vegas. This resignation was not for no reason, however, as Gruden is currently under serious backlash.
While former executive of the Washington Football Team Bruce Allen was being investigated for sexual harassment, the NFL reviewed over 650,000 emails. Of those emails, head coach Jon Gruden’s were looked over. They discovered that in 2011, Gruden was racist towards the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) executive DeMaurice Smith. More emails over the following 7 years were found to be using misogynistic, homophobic, and racist language. Before Mark Davis, the owner of the Las Vegas Raiders since 2011, could fire Gruden for these actions, he resigned as the head coach. The Raiders have the only openly gay NFL player, Carl Nassib, who didn’t practice for a few days after the news.
Not only will Gruden never have a coaching job again, but he will also be removed from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor.