With Jon Gruden out, the NFL must go after his facilitators


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With Jon Gruden out, the NFL must go after his facilitators

After the avalanche of emails of intolerance, racism and misogyny from the now former Raiders head coach, the league needs to publicize who they were aimed at.

Jon gruden has been left out.

In a shocking turn of events that took place on Monday, Gruden was forced to resign as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders in light of an onslaught of racist, anti-gay and misogynistic emails that were revealed by The New York Times.

Then Gruden, who was in the fourth year of a $ 100 million contract, is history. That is good. but, my concern is regarding the legion of facilitators who supported Gruden All these years.

What about them? Who are they?

The NFL has gotten rid of its Gruden problem. He has not gotten rid of Grudenism: regressive sensitivities that stand against diversity, inclusion and tolerance.

The journey of Gruden even the hanging began on Friday, when The Wall Street Journal reported that the 58-year-old head coach used a racist term in a 2011 email to the then president of the Washington, Bruce allen, to describe DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association. At the time, Gruden was the principal analyst for ESPN on “Monday Night Football“The leaked emails were part of an investigation by the NFL to working conditions within the organization of the Washington Football Team. The investigation was concluded last summer.

What we don’t know is how he responded Allen to Gruden. Was it empathetic? Scolded Gruden? Did you reply with a ‘LOL’? Depending on that answer, Allen –who was fired in 2019– should not go back to work at the NFL.

As you progress through 650,000 emails, the NFL must rally the recipients of the attacks of Gruden and make them known, too. Let them tell us who they are. Did they know that Gruden had those views? Did they rate it, how did it Donald trump during your presidential campaign, like “locker room talk”? People like Gruden they need an audience. They stand out thanks to friends who laugh at racist jokes, who applaud them, who give them comfort.

The reality is that NFLIn all its attempts to progress, it has been revealed as a regressive organization populated by white men who hold views on race and power that run counter to advancement and enlightenment. Believe me, Gruden You are not the only person who holds those views. He is the only one stupid enough, or reckless, to express them via email.

As is typical, Gruden he does not see himself as intolerant. In reaction to last week’s The Wall Street Journal leak, Gruden He defended himself by saying that he did not have a racist bone in his body. Clearly, the rush of emails reported by the Times on Monday revealed that Gruden He did not just have a racist bone in his body: his whole being was consumed by intolerance.

Gruden met all the requirements:

  • Racist. Dove.

  • Intolerant. Dove.

  • Anti-gay. Dove.

  • Misogynist. Dove.

Just read your quotes. In the emails revealed by the Times, no one was spared. He used “f —- t” to describe the commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell. Attacked the NFL for forcing the St. Louis Rams and the then head coach Jeff fisher to recruit a “p —“. The reference was to Michael Sam, an openly gay player who was selected by St. Louis in 2014. A Gruden He didn’t like the idea of ​​women rising through the ranks as officials, either, and he certainly didn’t like the protests of players, complaining that the player of the NFL, Eric Reid, who continued to kneel during the national anthem, must have been fired.

My question is, who was he writing to Gruden? Who was your audience? Were they league executives, powerful entities in other areas of sports and the television industry? That could explain why there was collusion against the former Los Angeles quarterback. San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick.

The people who served as facilitator for Gruden, who laughed at his racist jokes, winked at his anti-gay comments, are still around. So why is it important that we root out these facilitators? These facilitators are in positions of power and control, making important decisions regarding who is hired, who is promoted, and what initiatives are launched.

We need to know who these people are. How do we remove them?

Am i surprised that Gruden I quit? I thought Gruden I would only resign if the players of the Raiders will demand his resignation. That was a battle the players could not have won..

The owner of the Raiders, Mark Davis, I was so in love with Gruden, which gave him an unprecedented 10-year, $ 100 million contract. Davis was forced to finally accept the resignation of Gruden after the rain email leaks were made public. You cannot have a person who spits this kind of ignorance in any organization, in any position.

With respect to Gruden, I was not surprised that he made comments via email that were attributed to him. His persona was that of a charismatic and titled frat boy who made comments without thinking, on the fly, and who were regarded as Jon being Jon. That was his appeal in the broadcast box: he said it like it was.

Regarding the 10 years that have passed since the recovered emails were revealed, in the war against racism there is no prescription. War criminals must be searched and punished.

Jon Gruden has been left out. Now, the NFL must go after its facilitators.


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