As predicted last week, John Gruden is no longer the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.
Gruden resigned his position so as not to distract the team, but make no mistake about it, his hand was forced.
The resignation comes after several years-old emails resurfaced with controversial content.
You Are Out!
The emails resurfaced as part of an investigation into the workplace environment at the Washington Redskins organization.
At first, one email was highlighted by the NFL regarding comments made by Gruden, but a further investigation resulted in numerous other emails with similar comments.
Now, Gruden is facing down charges of racism, misogyny, and homophobia.
Regarding the first email, an NFL spokesperson stated, “The email from Jon Gruden denigrating DeMaurice Smith is appalling, abhorrent and wholly contrary to the NFL’s values. We condemn the statement and regret any harm that its publication may inflict on Mr. Smith or anyone else.”
Gruden’s resignation was announced late Monday after meeting with ownership.
He stated, “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.”
Gruden has claimed he was in a tough state of mind at the time of the emails due to the NFL strike, which he used to point to the animosity toward NFLPA’s DeMaurice Smith as well as ownership.
He was only in the third year of a 10-year, $100 million contract with the Raiders, a team that was touted as having turned the corner this year.
The controversy already took its toll on the team this past weekend, getting dominated at home by a Bears team it easily should have defeated.
In addition to his resignation, Gruden stated, “All I can say is that I’m not a racist.
“I can’t tell you how sick I am. I apologize again to De Smith, but I feel good about who I am and what I’ve done my entire life.
“I apologize for the insensitive remarks. I had no racial intentions with those remarks at all.”
Rich Bisaccia, the Raiders’ special teams coordinator and assistant head coach, will take over the head coaching duties on an interim basis until the team hires a new head coach.
This is not something Gruden is likely to recover from anytime soon. With the racist tag slapped on him, he will be unhirable for the foreseeable future.