Jon Gruden’s week from hell led to becoming style Sunday — with a sloppy, ugly 20-9 Las Vegas Raiders residence loss to the Chicago Bears. However the No. 1 subject throughout Gruden’s postgame information convention wasn’t the Raiders’ half-dozen offensive holding penalties or their 3.2 yards-per-carry common. It was Gruden’s racist language in a 10-year-old e mail.
Will Raiders’ Jon Gruden be disciplined?
Gruden on Sunday once more insisted the trope he used to explain NFLPA government director DeMaurice Smith in a non-public e mail was not racially motivated. The one information he did make on the subject was to disclose that he had not but been contacted by the NFL concerning any disciplinary motion. However Gruden hinted that such communication may happen, including “we’ll see what occurs right here within the subsequent few days.”
League decision-makers are anticipated to fulfill as early as Monday to debate what punishment Gruden deserves for writing to a member of the Washington Soccer Staff that Smith had “lips the dimensions of Michelin tires” through the 2011 lockout.
“I’m not a racist,” Gruden mentioned. “I can’t inform you how sick I’m. I apologize once more to De Smith. However I be ok with who I’m and what I’ve finished my whole life. I apologize for the insensitive remarks, I had no racial intentions with these remarks in any respect. I’m not like that in any respect. However I apologize, I don’t need to hold addressing it.”
The Wall Road Journal on Friday was the primary to disclose the contents of that e mail, which was uncovered throughout a evaluate of WFT’s office tradition. The Raiders and the NFL have each condemned the feedback, and the Raiders mentioned in an announcement Friday that the league has since shared the e-mail and “different supplies” with the group. Gruden was contacted by the Journal on Thursday for touch upon the story and briefed your entire staff on the matter late within the week.
Las Vegas Raiders gamers react
“He got here to the staff earlier than all of it got here out,” mentioned Raiders working again Josh Jacobs. “He sort of talked to us. Had a staff assembly and laid every thing out, the scenario that occurred. I’ve been round this man for 3 years now. I’ve by no means felt a sure kind of method about him. He’s by no means rubbed me that kind of method. What he mentioned was what he mentioned on the finish of the day. I positively belief him. And it was 10 years in the past. Folks develop.”
Added Raiders quarterback Derek Carr: “He was very sincere and [upfront] with us earlier than that article got here out. …. He advised us precisely what he mentioned in that e mail. He tried his finest to recollect. He advised us up entrance what he mentioned about Gene Upshaw, which have been very optimistic issues. What he mentioned about DeMaurice. …. He flat-out advised us. He addressed it. He was sincere. He was upfront with it.
“Us as a staff have been like, ‘It was 10 years in the past. We love you man. We’ve acquired your again.’ We’re simply attempting to be there to assist coach. I do know it’s a tough time, what he mentioned to us. I’ll let him communicate on that. I don’t need to communicate for him. Once we left that assembly, it was like, ‘Dang, that sucks man.’ He most likely regrets it. He advised us. ‘Males study from my errors.’ He mentioned that to us.”
What we would by no means know: If the contents of that e mail, and the adverse consideration it’s introduced upon the franchise, affected how the Raiders performed Sunday. We do know they didn’t carry out as much as their requirements in Week 5. Las Vegas’ high-powered offense managed simply 259 yards and 16 first downs. The Raiders have been significantly sloppy, committing 10 penalties for 82 yards.