"I have resigned as Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone." Jon Gruden
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🧵 The email from Jon Gruden – and some of the reaction to it – confirms that the fight against racism, racist tropes and intolerance is not over. 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.
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What did Gruden do?
Jon Gruden stepped down Monday as the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders football team hours after The New York Times detailed emails in which he had made homophobic and misogynistic remarks, following an earlier report of racist statements about a union leader. The New York TimesJon Gruden Resigns After Homophobic and Mysogynistic Comments
Who is the interim head coach for the Raiders?
Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia has been named interim head coach, effective immediately, after the resignation of Gruden. While the search for a permanent replacement begins, a question looms… What does a new interim head coach mean for the Raiders? Sports IllustratedWhat Does a New Interim Head Coach Mean for Raiders?
What did Jon Gruden say about?
Gruden used racist, sexist, homophobic and transophobic language in the emails, which the Times reports dated from 2010 through 2018, before Gruden was hired by the Raiders for his second stint with the team. Sporting NewsJon Gruden emails, explained: Raiders coach resigns following release of damning messages
Why was Washington football team investigated?
The investigation was brought on after the Washington Post reported that female employees of the team experienced sexual harassment in 2020. ... Washington was fined $10 million and team owner Daniel Snyder stepped down while his wife, Tanya, took on his day-to-day responsibilities for at least the “next several months.” Sports IllustratedLawyers Urge NFL to Release WFT Investigation Findings in Wake of Gruden Scandal
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Jon Gruden's exit as an NFL coach is prompting calls for the league to release more information from the investigation that unearthed years' worth of misogynistic, homophobic and racist emails.
Some of the loudest calls are coming from former cheerleaders and other employees whose mistreatment by the Washington Football Team (WFT) prompted the NFL inquiry in the first place.
"It is further evidence that the league is just corrupt on a larger scale than we can even begin to imagine," said Melanie Coburn, a former cheerleader and marketing director for the WFT, told NPR.
Gruden is "the only person to be held accountable and lose their job" after the NFL's extensive inquiry into the Washington Football Team, according to lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent 40 women and men who worked for the Washington franchise.
Gruden resigned on Monday after emails emerged in which he used misogynistic, homophobic and racist language. Gruden's messages were sent to Bruce Allen, then the president of the Washington Football Team, and other white men. At the time, Gruden was working as an on-air analyst for ESPN.
The messages' content quickly set off calls for more emails to be released, as people debated whether Gruden's words should be seen as an outlier or as an indicator of others' views in pro football.
DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association executive director whom Gruden referred to with a racist insult in one message, says that what struck him in the emails was the comfort Gruden and others felt in expressing their unenlightened views.
"To me, the email was about a group of people in an email obviously thinking they would never be caught, and that just means people are cavalier about trading insults," Smith told USA Today.
He added, "But honestly, my biggest takeaway was, 'Wow, this was a group of people comfortable with saying things like that.' "
"These are emails to senior-level, senior executives with nudity, with bigotry, with all kinds of hate," Coburn told NPR.
The emails between Gruden and Allen dated from 2011 to 2018 — a sliver of a massive trove of some 650,000 messages that were collected during the NFL's investigation into the Washington team's abusive and toxic workplace culture.
In addition to inappropriate and boorish remarks, the messages "included photos of women wearing only bikini bottoms, including one photo of two Washington team cheerleaders," according to The New York Times.
The cheerleaders who were seen in two salacious videos created by team staffers settled with the franchise and signed nondisclosure agreements in December. Coburn was not in the footage or part of the agreement, but she says that as the news of shared photos has emerged, she has been in touch with cheerleaders who were in the original videos.
"They're all traumatized," she said. "It's just more anxiety-producing evidence that very private, compromising content was circulating not just amongst our team but apparently the entire NFL. So it's been an emotional 24 hours, to say the least."
Coburn also echoed the attorneys' assertion that the most high-profile case of accountability from the inquiry has brought down Gruden, rather than the leadership at the Washington franchise.
"All we wanted all along is transparency and accountability," Coburn said, as she called on the NFL to release the full findings of an outside counsel's investigation.
Smith says the NFL Players Association also wants the NFL to release more messages, but for now at least, the league seems unlikely to do that. The NFL says it sent Gruden's messages to executives in the Las Vegas Raiders franchise.
Brian McCarthy, the NFL's vice president of communications, told NPR, "We have released no emails during this process and have no plans to do so. "
Still, some of the emails were leaked to The Wall Street Journal and the Times, setting in motion the coach's departure from the Raiders. At least some of the emails emerged this year in a lawsuit filed by Washington team owner Daniel Snyder. But those versions were largely redacted, with Gruden's name obscured by a label identifying him only as an ESPN personality.
McCarthy also rejected a theory that has circulated online: that by sending Gruden's emails to the Raiders, the NFL was in some way retaliating against the coach for bad-mouthing Commissioner Roger Goodell in one of the messages.
"The emails from Jon Gruden are appalling, abhorrent and wholly contrary to the NFL's values," McCarthy told NPR. "We condemn the statements."
"We've made tremendous strides with our social responsibility, diversity and social justice programs, but we have more work to do," he added. "Our commitment is unwavering, and the progress we have made only strengthens our resolve to continue to improve."