The NFL is actively monitoring the situation and waiting to see how the team will handle the situation.
The NFL sent more emails from Jon Gruden for review to the Las Vegas Raiders offices, sources told Adam schefter from ESPN on Monday.
The NFL is actively monitoring the situation and waiting to see how the team will handle the situation, sources around the league said.
The Wall street journal reported Friday that one of those emails from 2011 – which came to light during an NFL investigation into misconduct at the Washington Football Team– includes a racist comment against the executive director of the NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith. Gruden, who was employed by ESPN at the time as the principal analyst for the Monday Night Football, accepted Friday that “I am ashamed to have insulted De Smith”, and added that “I never had a racial thought”, when he sent the mail.
In a series of tweets Monday, Smith disclosed that Gruden He looked for him and he told the coach “we will be in touch soon.”
“But make no mistake,” Smith wrote, “the news is not about what is being said in private conversation, but what is being said by people who never believed they would be exposed and how they will be held to account.”
Smith said the mail from Gruden and some of the reactions to it, “confirm that the fight against racism, racist tropes and intolerance is not over. This is not about an email but the perverse belief of certain people who see me and think that I may be mistreated. “
Gruden, when he spoke to Chris Mortensen from ESPN Over the weekend, he estimated he was aware of five to seven league-flagged emails, including one in which he insulted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and others that included harsh words for a handful of team owners who were involved in the 2011 labor dispute that led to a lockout.
Gruden told reporters on Sunday that he had not had any contact with the NFL about emails. He and his players spoke about them Sunday after the Raiders’ 20-9 loss to the Bears at Allegiant Stadium, the second lackluster loss in a row for Las Vegas after opening 3-0.
During his weekly media briefing on Monday, Gruden was asked what he had learned since the Wall Street Journal story first surfaced on Friday.
“I’ve learned a lot and again I’m not going to make the mistake again,” Gruden stressed. “I think I feel very good about the things that I have learned. I also feel very good about what I represent, as I said yesterday, and I will be happy to talk about football, but I leave it at that.”
In the meantime, the owner of the Raiders, Mark Davis, stood firm in the statement it issued Friday afternoon, calling the content of Gruden’s email to Smith “disturbing” and “not what the raiders stand for“.