Report: Jon Gruden used anti-gay, misogynistic language in emails over 7-year period

By WBOK Staff

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Jon Gruden frequently used misogynistic and anti-gay language in numerous emails during the seven-year period before he was hired as coach of the Raiders in 2018, The New York Times reported Monday night, saying it has reviewed the emails. The NFL sent the Raiders additional Gruden emails to review, on top of the one about NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith that surfaced last week, and others Gruden recently confirmed to ESPN, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Monday. According to The Times, Gruden sent emails to Bruce Allen, then the president of the Washington Football Team, and others during a seven-year period that began in 2011. The Times reported that Gruden used an anti-gay slur in several instances to insult NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and said he was "clueless'' and "anti-football.'' He also said Goodell shouldn't have pressured the Rams to draft "queers,'' a reference to Michael Sam, who was the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team in 2014.

Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib came out as gay in June and is the first openly gay player to appear in an NFL game.

In a 2017 email, the Times said Gruden responded to a sexist meme of a female official by saying: "Nice job roger.''

The paper also reported that Gruden criticized Goodell and the NFL for trying to reduce concussions, and said that Eric Reid, a player who had demonstrated during the playing of the national anthem by taking a knee, should be fired.

The newspaper said Gruden also mocked an article in 2017 about players calling on Goodell to support their efforts promoting racial equality and criminal justice reform.

"He needs to hide in his concussion protocol tent,'' Gruden wrote.

Gruden was employed by ESPN as the lead analyst for Monday Night Football at the time he sent the emails now under review.

"The comments are clearly repugnant under any circumstance," ESPN said in a statement.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday afternoon that one of Gruden's emails

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