Responding to racist comments made in an email by Raiders coach Jon Gruden, Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss gave an emotional response.
During the “Sunday NFL Countdown,” Sam Ponder asked Moss if he could play football for Gruden after the email was reported. Moss explained that his colleague on the show, former linebacker Tedy Bruschi, was correct that he had a job to do and needed to play football and provide for his family.
But Moss explained that when he was in high school he felt his civil rights were “a little bit messed up” because he was black, and explained how it felt to have an NFL coach. make those derogatory comments.
“Now being able to play 14 years in the National Football League to have something like that of a leader,” Moss said. “We’re talking about leadership. We’re giving guys these big contracts because they want to be able to lead 70 men, coaches, equipment staff and managers to the # 1 goal and that is to win a championship. step forward in the 21st century. Like I said man, National Football League: It hurts me. Time is running out, man. I’m sorry. “
“For us, going back and not going forward… National Football League, it hurts me.”
A powerful conversation from the NFL Sunday Countdown team on Jon Gruden’s 2011 email that included a racist comment in reference to NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith: pic.twitter.com/FQvMGFUfOj
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Following Moss’ comments, Bruschi said he could play for Gruden, but would rather not have to. He said that “we have already done it in different situations”.
“We’re all mentally strong people in this locker room, but it’s just something you’d rather not do,” Bruschi said.
Former quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said he wasn’t sure how the Raiders progressed in the locker from there, to which Moss responded that on Sunday it was a must-see situation for the ‘team.
“You have the talking Al Davis tagline, ‘Just win, baby.’ Today in Las Vegas, the tagline is, “I gotta win, babe,” “Moss said. “To be able to really see how this team reacts after a loss and then this week, with a heavy heart, all eyes are on Las Vegas.”
The Bears beat the Raiders 20-9 on Sunday.
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On Friday, the Wall Street Journal that Gruden wrote in a 2011 email to Bruce Allen, a former member of Gruden’s coaching staff, his first stint with the Raiders, called DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of Gruden. the NFL Players Association, “Dumboriss Smith” and said he “has lips the size of michellin (sic) tires.”
The email came out of frustration with Smith, who is black, and the players for delaying ratification of a collective agreement and ending player lockdowns by owners.
Gruden apologized to the Wall Street Journal, explaining that he was “upset” and that the lip reference was about the phrase about people lying and that he “used a horrible way of explaining it.”
“I don’t think (Smith is) stupid. I don’t think he’s a liar,” Gruden said. “I don’t have a racial bone in my body, and I’ve proven that for 58 years.”
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Smith explained that this was not the first racist comment he heard and that it probably wouldn’t be the last.
“It’s a thick skin job for someone with dark skin, as it always has been for many people who look like me and work in American companies,” Smith said. “You know, sometimes people say racist things behind your back, just like you see people talking and writing about you using racist, lightly coded language.”
“Such racism comes from the fact that I’m at the same table as them and they don’t think that someone who looks like me belongs there.”
The NFL is exploring a potential discipline for Gruden in response to his comments.