Jon Gruden addressed the homophobic and misogynistic language he used in the emails that abruptly ended his tenure as Las Vegas Raiders coach in one of his first public remarks on the subject.
The 59-year-old Super Bowl winner called the emails “shameful” and asked for forgiveness for his actions during an appearance at the Little Rock Touchdown Football Club in Arkansas on Tuesday.
“I’m ashamed of what’s going on in these emails, and I won’t apologize. It’s shameful,” Gruden said in a video by KATV sportscaster Steve Sullivan. “But I’m a good person. I believe that. I go to church. I have been married for 31 years. I have three good boys. I still love football. I made a few mistakes, but I don’t think anyone here has. I just apologize and hope I get another chance.
Gruden, who resigned as Raiders coach last October, is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with the NFL which claims the league intentionally leaked the emails to the media, so he could not go further. in detail on the matter. The correspondences, which were part of the league’s investigation into the toxic work culture of Washington commanders, were written between 2011 and 2018 when Gruden worked as a “Monday Night Football” analyst for ESPN.
In them, Gruden made anti-gay remarks about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and openly gay Michael Sam, a 2014 Rams seventh-round pick, and made racist comments toward NFLPA manager DeMaurice Smith. , which is black.
During the appearance, Gruden then slammed his former employer ESPN for how he thought he covered his story and others in an attempt to assess.
“I’m choked up because there’s a lot of misunderstanding going on right now,” Gruden said. “What you read, what you hear, what you watch on television. Hell, I worked at ESPN for nine years – I worked hard at this job. I don’t even want to watch the channel anymore because I don’t believe it’s all true. And I know a lot of people are just trying to get people to watch.
Gruden signed a 10-year, $100 million contract with the Raiders in 2018 and ended up agreeing to a settlement with the team because he owed at least $40 million in guaranteed money when he left.
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