Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has resigned from his position, following several emails were released showing him using offensive and derogatory language.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero broke the news Wednesday night, citing an unnamed source within the organization.
Source: Jon Gruden just informed his staff that he plans to resign as #Raiders coach.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 12, 2021
ESPN’s Adam Schefter followed up with more information, saying that Raiders owner Mike Davis met with Gruden at a team facility. The two met and left with Gruden no longer coaching the Raiders..
Raiders and Jon Gruden are parting ways, @TomPelissero reported. “It’s over,” said source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 12, 2021
Gruden’s resignation can be linked to a litany of emails released by the Wall Street Journal and New York Times in recent days. The Wall Street Journal released the first set of emails. where Gruden used racially charged terms to describe NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 email. Then, Gruden admitted to using expletives and unsavory comments about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
“I was in a bad frame of mind at the time [in 2011], and I called Roger Goodell a [expletive] in one of these emails too,” Gruden said. “They were keeping players and coaches from doing what they love with a lockout. There also were a lot of things being reported publicly about the safety of the sport that I love. I was on a mission with high school football [in the Tampa, Florida, area] during that time, and there were a lot of parents who were scared about letting their kids play football. It just didn’t sit well with me.”
The issues crescendoed when the New York Times released several emails, where Goodell used racist and homophobic terms. Gruden also exchanged sexually explicit photos of cheerleaders with former then-Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen. The emails, dating back to 2010, came from when Gruden was an analyst on ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast.
The released emails come from a workplace misconduct investigation involving the Washington organization, but not Gruden himself.
ESPN’s Suzy Kolber reported that Raiders special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia is the Raider’s interim head coach. Bisaccia has no NFL head-coaching experience but has been an assistant head coach for several teams.
— Chris Reed (@ChrisReed_NFL) October 12, 2021
Gruden returned to coaching in 2018, when Raiders owner Mark Davis signed him to a 10-year contract worth $100 million. The financial ramifications of Gruden’s resignation are uncertain at this time.
The Raiders, now without a head coach, are 3-1 after suffering their first loss to the Chicago Bears, Oct 10. Gruden had a 22-30 record in his second stint with the team, previously coaching the team from 1998-2001.