By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer
Jon Gruden has resigned his job as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after emails he sent before being hired in 2018 contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments.
Gruden released a statement Monday night, saying, âI have resigned my job as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I love the Raiders and I don’t want to be a distraction. Thank you to all Raider Nation players, coaches, staff and fans. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.
He resigned after The New York Times reported that Gruden frequently used misogynistic and homophobic language against Commissioner Roger Goodell and other NFL members.
The NFL Network first reported the development.
A person familiar with the decision said special teams and assistant head coach Rich Bisaccia will take over on an interim basis. The person spoke on condition of anonymity as the decision had not been announced.
It was a rapid fall for Gruden, who is in the fourth year of a 10-year, $ 100 million contract he signed with the Raiders in 2018. It started on Friday when the Wall Street Journal reported that Gruden had used a racist term to describe the NFL. union leader DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 email to former Washington executive Bruce Allen.
The emails were discovered during a workplace misconduct investigation by the Washington football team, but ended up costing Gruden his job when they also showed that Gruden had denounced the recruiting of the team. ‘a gay player and the tolerance of players protesting during the national anthem, among other issues.