Tampa Bay will withdraw its organization’s highest honor from the head coach who led them to their first Super Bowl victory, following the emails that led to his resignation from Raiders.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have decided to distance themselves from the head coach who led them to the conquest of their first Super Bowl, Jon Gruden, after the scandal that led to his resignation Monday night as head coach of Las vegas raiders.
The Buccaneers announced through a statement that Gruden will no longer be a member of the Honor Ring of the organization.
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– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 12, 2021
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers They have fought for purposeful change in the areas of race relations, gender equality, diversity and inclusion for many years. While we acknowledge the contributions of Jon gruden on the field, their actions undermine our values as an organization. Therefore, will no longer be a member of the Buccaneers Ring of Honor“.
Gruden came to the organization of Tampa bay in 2002 via exchange, from the then Oakland Raiders, whom he had directed in the previous four seasons. Led the Buccaneers to win the Super Bowl XXXVI in its first season in Tampa bay, beating their own 48-21 Raiders.
He was fired by the Buccaneers in January 2009, after seven seasons with the club. In his time leading the Bucs, Gruden He won three division titles with a .509 win rate. He stayed out of the league for nine years, during which time he worked as a football analyst for ESPN.
In 2018, Gruden returned to take the reins of the Raiders. In three and a half seasons, he compiled a .415 win rate and never qualified for the postseason. His second term with the team was cut abruptly Monday night after he tendered his resignation as a result of the leak of multiple emails he sent to the former CEO of the team. Washington Football Team, Bruce allen, where he used anti-gay, misogynistic and racist language, over several years.
The first emails were released last Friday by the Wall Street Journal, and an additional series of emails were leaked Monday night by The New York Times. After meeting with Mark Davis, owner of the Raiders, Gruden submitted his resignation Monday night.
“I have given up being the head coach of Las vegas raiders“, he communicated Gruden by Monday night. “I love the Raiders And I don’t want to be a distraction Thanks to the players, assistants, staff and fans of the Raider nation. Sorry, I never wanted to hurt someone. “
The emails were discovered as part of a league investigation into toxic workplace culture in Washington.
Gruden had been exalted to Honor Ring of the Buccaneers in a duel of Week 15 of “Monday Night Football“in the 2017 season. He became, at the time, the eleventh member to have received such recognition from the club.