Is Jon Gruden’s Resignation From The Las Vegas Raiders Enough?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jon Gruden has resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. The move comes in the wake of a New York Times story detailing some of Gruden’s emails over a seven-year period ending in 2018. The paper says the coach used misogynistic and homophobic language in those messages. Another story in The Wall Street Journal alleges that Gruden used racially insensitive language in 2011.
Gruden apologizes and says he doesn’t want to be a distraction for the team. He says, “All I can say is I’m not a racist. I don’t…I can’t tell you how sick I am. I apologize again to D. Smith. Um, but I feel good about who I am and what I’ve done my entire life. I apologized for the insensitive remarks. I had no, I had no racial uh intentions with those remarks at all. But yes they can…I’m, I’m, ah, I’m not like that at all. But I apologize. I don’t want to keep addressing it.”
The NFL says Gruden was in the fourth season of a ten-year contract. The Raiders say assistant head coach Rich Bisaccia will step into the top job on an interim basis.
Our question of the night: could Gruden’s career recover?
This episode’s panel features:
WCCB TV’s Morgan Fogarty
WCCB News @ Ten anchor Drew Bollea
WCCB News Edge contributor Ashley Anderson
WCCB Sports anchor Kelli Bartik