Tuesday, August 9

Jon Gruden is removed from the Buccaneers Ring of Honor after email leaks: ‘Your actions go against our core values’

The fallout from Jon Gruden’s racist, homophobic and misogynistic emails continued Tuesday afternoon when his former team, the Buccaneers, removed him from his Ring of Honor.

The team announced their removal via a press release:

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In a statement, the Buccaneers said, in part: “While we recognize Jon Gruden’s contributions on the field, his actions go against our core values ​​as an organization.”

Gruden led the Buccaneers from 2002 to 2008 after leaving the Raiders in a rare coaching change: Oakland received two first-round picks, two second-round picks, and $ 8 million in cash from Tampa Bay in exchange for Gruden, who signed a five-year contract. , $ 17.5 million contract with the Buccaneers. In his first year with the franchise, Gruden led Tampa Bay to its first championship, beating his former team in Super Bowl 37 after coaching them the previous four years.

Gruden mentioned Bryan Glazer, whose family owns the Buccaneers, in the emails discovered by the NFL. According to The New York Times, Gruden requested that former Washington soccer team president Bruce Allen tell Glazer to perform oral sex on Gruden. Allen allegedly told him that Glazer “would take that offer.”

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The Buccaneers weren’t the only ones to denounce Gruden’s actions. One of his former players in Tampa Bay, wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, put his former coach in full blast Tuesday during his ESPN morning show:

“My focus is not just that you speak ill of a black man, you also speak ill of the people who own teams, run the league, the commissioner of the league, because he’s a bad person,” Johnson said. “I tried to tell people this when I played for this man, but I was wrong.

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“‘Oh, Keyshawn is just a spoiled brat.’ Oh, Keyshawn is just a diva. Oh, Keyshawn just wants the ball. “But here we are now, how many years later, and things are coming to the surface. I’m not going to let it go away just because I was the bad guy.”

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Gruden resigned as the Raiders coach Monday night after more emails surfaced in which he used overtly homophobic and misogynistic language to refer to a myriad of NFL-related issues and the actions taken by Commissioner Roger Goodell. Gruden originally signed a 10-year, $ 100 million deal in 2018 to come out of retirement and coach the Raiders for the second time after leading the team from 1998 to 2001.

Monday’s disclosure of more emails came after a Friday report from the Wall street journal A certain Gruden, who was not a league coach at the time, used a racist trope to describe NFLPA CEO DeMaurice Smith in an email to Allen. Prior to his arrival in Las Vegas, Gruden had spent nearly a decade away from soccer, mostly as an analyst on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” broadcasts.

With a 57-55 record, Gruden has the most wins of any coach in franchise history. Ultimately, he led the Buccaneers to three playoff spots in seven seasons at the helm, including his first Super Bowl title. Gruden was originally included in the Buccaneers Ring of Honor in 2017.


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