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Former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden publicly addressed the controversy that cost him his job last October for the first time Tuesday.

“I’m ashamed about what has come about in these emails, and I’ll make no excuses for it,” Gruden said, according to ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “It’s shameful. But I am a good person. I believe that. I go to church. I’ve been married for 31 years. I’ve got three great boys. I still love football. I’ve made some mistakes, but I don’t think anybody in here hasn’t. And I just ask for forgiveness, and hopefully, I get another shot.”

Gruden resigned as coach of the Raiders on Oct. 11 after the NFL found emails he sent containing racist, homophobic, and misogynistic language. He sent the emails while working for ESPN as a football analyst from 2009-17. The league discovered the messages during its investigation into the Washington Commanders’ workplace culture.

The 59-year-old has since sued the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell for allegedly leaking his emails with the intention to destroy his career.

“I get choked up, you know, because there’s a lot of misunderstanding out there right now – what you read, what you hear, what you watch on TV,” said Gruden.

“Hell, I worked at ESPN for nine years. I worked hard at that job. I don’t even want to watch the channel anymore because I don’t believe everything is true. And I know a lot of it is just trying to get people to watch. But I think we’ve got to get back to reality.”

Gruden posted a 60-57 record across two stints with the Raiders (1998 to 2001, 2018-21). His second stint was on a reported 10-year, $100-million contract. He also coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002-08, helping them win Super Bowl XXXVII.

Dana White says Tom Brady nearly landed in Las Vegas during his free agency journey in 2020.

The UFC president claimed Saturday that former Raiders coach Jon Gruden called off a deal that would have seen both Brady and longtime tight end Rob Gronkowski join the silver and black.

White said he worked on getting Brady and Gronk to come to the Raiders. “It was almost a done deal, and at the last minute, Gruden blew the deal up and said he ‘didn’t want them,'” White said during the “UFC 278 with The Gronks” show.

White added that Brady was even looking at houses in the area before Gruden squashed the plan.

Last summer, Brady famously had strong words for a supposedly interested team that backed out at the last minute, saying, “There was a story in free agency, one of the teams, they were interested, and all of a sudden, they weren’t interested at the very end. I was sitting there thinking, ‘You’re sticking with that motherfucker? Are you serious?'”

The future Hall of Famer ended up choosing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who eventually also acquired Gronkowski from the New England Patriots in an April trade before the 2020 season.

Gronkowski noted on Saturday’s broadcast that he was “glad the deal fell through” with Las Vegas, and he believes it all worked out for the best.

Brady and Gronkowski went on to lead the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl LV win over the Kansas City Chiefs during their first campaign in Tampa Bay. The 45-year-old signal-caller led the league with 5,316 passing yards and 43 touchdowns.

Following a brief retirement earlier this year, Brady is back in Tampa Bay for his 23rd NFL season.

The NFL filed a motion asking a Nevada court to dismiss former Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s lawsuit against the league, saying the accusations that the the NFL leaked Gruden’s old, offensive emails are “baseless” and “should be dismissed for failure to state a single viable cause of action.”

The league responded Wednesday to the suit Gruden filed in district court in Clark County, Nevada, in November. The NFL filed a motion to dismiss the case and also asked the court to stay that motion until it first rules on whether the case should be moved to arbitration.

Gruden resigned as coach of the Raiders in October with more than six seasons remaining on his 10-year, $100 million contract.

He claimed a “malicious and orchestrated campaign” was used by the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell to destroy Gruden’s career by leaking the old emails that included racist, misogynistic and homophobic language.

The emails were sent to former Washington Football Team executive Bruce Allen and others from 2011 to 2018 during Gruden’s time as an announcer at ESPN. The emails came from a set of 650,000 emails obtained by the league in June during an investigation into the workplace culture of the Washington Football Team.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Oct. 8 that Gruden used a racist term to describe NFL union chief DeMaurice Smith.

Gruden coached two days later. Then on Oct. 11 the New York Times revealed additional offensive emails.

“Gruden does not, and cannot, dispute that he wrote the published emails. He does not, and cannot, dispute that he sent those emails to multiple parties,” the league’s filing says. “Nor does he claim that they were somehow altered or edited and that the repugnant views espoused in them were not in fact expressed by him. Instead, Gruden filed the instant complaint against the NFL and the commissioner, painting himself as the victim in a fictional story and seeking money through baseless claims against the NFL.”

The league denied leaking the emails which had been sent to up to a half-dozen people and added that Gruden had no “expectation of privacy” for the emails.

The filing said even if the league had leaked the emails it still would not constitute “intentional interference with a contract” as claimed by Gruden because the NFL had no obligation to protect the confidentiality of the emails, had the right to disclose truthful information to the media and could have suspended or canceled Gruden’s contract because of the emails.

Raiders owner Mark Davis said in October he had reached a settlement with Gruden over the final six-plus years of his contract. Davis did not reveal the terms of the settlement.

Former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is suing the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell for allegedly leaking his emails in a “malicious and orchestrated campaign” in order to destroy his career and reputation, Gruden’s attorney told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Gruden resigned last month after emails in which he made racist, homophobic, and misogynistic comments surfaced.

“There is no explanation or justification for why Gruden’s emails were the only ones made public out of the 650,000 emails collected in the NFL’s investigation of the Washington Football Team, or for why the emails were held for months before being released in the middle of the Raiders’ season,” Gruden’s attorney said in a statement.

The lawsuit, obtained by Pelissero, refers to the alleged ordeal as a “Soviet-style character assassination” with no warning or process.

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy called the allegations “entirely meritless” and said the league will vigorously defend itself against the claims.

Gruden’s emails spanned during his time with ESPN as a color analyst from 2009-2017. They were sent to former Washington executive Bruce Allen, among others.

Gruden’s resignation came in the midst of his fourth season with the Raiders. He was reportedly under a 10-year, $100-million deal with the club.

Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis briefly addressed Jon Gruden’s resignation as head coach Wednesday.

“I have no comment. Ask the NFL. They have all the answers,” Davis told ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez.

Gruden resigned Monday night after offensive emails he wrote from 2011-18 leaked. The emails from the former Raiders coach contained racist, homophobic, and misogynistic language.

The material came to light due to the league’s investigation into the workplace culture of the Washington Football Team. The NFL reviewed 650,000 emails in that investigation but didn’t share any specifics when it completed the probe, though the NFLPA is set to petition the league to release its findings.

Special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia took over as the Raiders’ interim coach after Gruden’s resignation. Davis noted that general manager Mike Mayock will have 51% input on decision making while Bisaccia takes the other 49%, according to Gutierrez.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers spoke out against Jon Gruden after the former Las Vegas Raiders head coach resigned over offensive emails from his past.

“We need to allow people to grow and change, but those opinions don’t have a place in the game,” Rodgers said Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show.”

Gruden stepped down after the NFL reviewed numerous emails he sent during his tenure as an ESPN broadcaster that were laced with racist, homophobic, and misogynistic language.

The 58-year-old first drew scrutiny Friday following the revelation that he had used a racist trope in reference to NFL Players Association director DeMaurice Smith, who is Black.

Gruden coached the Raiders on Sunday, but he resigned a little more than 24 hours later after more of his old emails came out.

“It was surprising to see that the thing went so quickly, but I think that was probably the best decision for all parties involved,” Rodgers said. “Hopefully, we can all as a league learn and grow from this. Hopefully, it puts people on notice who have some of those same opinions. Like, ‘Hey man, it’s time to grow and evolve and change and connect. That shit doesn’t fly.'”

Rodgers also said he doesn’t believe Gruden’s views are prevalent throughout the NFL, saying those beliefs are “few and far between.”

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will remove former head coach Jon Gruden from its Ring of Honor in light of the recently revealed offensive emails he wrote years ago.

“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have advocated for purposeful change in the areas of race relations, gender equality, diversity, and inclusion for many years,” the team said in a statement. “While we acknowledge Jon Gruden’s contributions on the field, his actions go against our core values as an organization. Therefore, he will no longer continue to be a member of the Buccaneers Ring of Honor.”

Gruden, who resigned Monday from the Las Vegas Raiders, led the Buccaneers to a championship in Super Bowl XXXVII. He coached the team from 2002-08, compiling a 57-55 record.

The emails in question contain racist, homophobic, and misogynistic language. Gruden sent them while employed by ESPN as a broadcaster for Monday Night Football. The NFL uncovered the messages during its investigation into the Washington Football Team’s workplace culture.

The Buccaneers added Gruden to their Ring of Honor in 2017. He owns the franchise record for career wins as a head coach.

Jon Gruden resigned as the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday, he announced in a statement.

“I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction,” Gruden said, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. “Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”

The NFL recently began reviewing possible discipline for Gruden Friday after finding a 2011 email in which he used a racist trope to describe NFL Players Association director DeMaurice Smith. The league discovered the message while going through over 650,000 emails as part of an investigation into the Washington Football Team’s workplace culture.

The resignation comes shortly after a report Monday from the New York Times revealed that Gruden also sent emails that included homophobic and misogynistic comments while working for ESPN as a color analyst from 2009-17.

Gruden sent the emails to former Washington executive Bruce Allen and others. He used a homophobic slur about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, calling him a “clueless anti-football pussy”

The 58-year-old also said Goodell shouldn’t have pressured former Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher to draft “queers,” referring to Michael Sam’s selection in 2014. Gruden reportedly also denounced the emergence of women as referees and the league’s tolerance of players protesting during the playing of the national anthem.

Gruden signed a reported 10-year, $100-million deal with Las Vegas in January 2018 for his second stint with the club. The Raiders have posted a 22-31 record since then but have missed the playoffs each year.

Assistant coach Rich Bisaccia will replace Gruden as the team’s interim head coach. Vegas – currently on a two-game skid after starting the year 3-0 – is set to face the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Gruden owns a 117-112 record as a head coach in the NFL through stints with the Raiders (1998-2001, 2018-21) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-08), including helping Tampa Bay win Super Bowl XXXVII.

The NFL is reviewing possible discipline for Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden after discovering a 2011 email in which he used a racist trope to describe NFL Players Association director DeMaurice Smith, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton.

“Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of Michelin tires,” Gruden wrote.

Gruden was a broadcaster for Monday Night Football at the time and sent the message during the lockout. The league came across it while going through over 650,000 emails as part of an investigation that traces back to the Washington Football Team workplace culture probe from the summer.

“The email from Jon Gruden denigrating DeMaurice Smith is appalling, abhorrent, and wholly contrary to the NFL’s values,” the NFL said. “We condemn the statement and regret any harm that its publication may inflict on Mr. Smith or anyone else.”

When reached for comment, Gruden said he didn’t remember the email specifically but said “I’m really sorry” for the words he evidently chose. He added that he previously used the term “rubber lips” to describe people he believed to be lying but went “too far” when discussing Smith, who is Black.

“I was upset,” Gruden said. “I used a horrible way of explaining it. I don’t think he’s dumb. I don’t think he’s a liar. I don’t have a racial bone in my body, and I’ve proven that for 58 years.”

Smith condemned the email through a statement:

This is not the first racist comment that I’ve heard, and it probably will not be the last. This is a thick skin job for someone with dark skin, just like it always has been for many people who look like me and work in corporate America. You know people are sometimes saying things behind your back that are racist just like you see people talk and write about you using thinly coded and racist language.

Racism like this comes from the fact that I’m at the same table as they are and they don’t think someone who looks like me belongs. I’m sorry my family has to see something like this, but I would rather they know. I will not let it define me.

Smith took over as NFLPA director in 2009 and led the union through contentious labor negotiations in 2011 that resulted in a four-month work stoppage.

Gruden told reporters Friday he discussed the story with his team before it was published, according to The Athletic’s Vic Tafur.

“The content of an email regarding DeMaurice Smith from Jon Gruden when he worked for ESPN 10 years ago is disturbing and not what the Raiders stand for,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement. “We were first made aware of the email late (Thursday) and are reviewing it along with other materials provided to us today by the NFL. We are addressing the matter with coach Gruden and will have no further comment at this time.”

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden can’t explain exactly how he felt after the wild sequence of events that ended with his team beating the Baltimore Ravens 33-27 in overtime on Monday Night Football.

“Felt like I died and woke up. And died. And woke up again. I was like a cat, I had multiple lives tonight,” Gruden said postgame, according to ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “We did a lot of good things to win that football game.”

Raiders wide receiver Zay Jones scored a 31-yard, walk-off touchdown in overtime that gave the 65,000 fans at Allegiant Stadium the excitement they deserved after being unable to attend the new venue last year due to the pandemic.

Jones’ score came just minutes after Las Vegas blew an opportunity to win the contest with a touchdown in the first possession of overtime. Baltimore cornerback Anthony Averett intercepted quarterback Derek Carr in the end zone on a third-and-goal that started at the Ravens’ 5-yard line.

Minutes after Averrett’s interception, however, Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib forced a fumble off quarterback Lamar Jackson that left Las Vegas just 27 yards away from Baltimore’s end zone and eventually led to Jones’ touchdown reception.

Carr praised his defense after the contest.

“The thing that I love the most: To everyone that talked crap about our defense for 12 months, they stepped up when we needed them most to get us the ball back so we could win it,” the signal-caller said.

Carr finished the night with 435 yards and two touchdowns against one interception on 34-of-56 passing.