Mark Davis: Jon Gruden email is “disturbing”

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The NFL is investigating Raiders coach Jon Gruden regarding an email he sent 10 years ago containing a racist trope regarding NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith. The Raiders are looking into the situation, too.

“The content of an email regarding DeMaurice Smith from Jon Gruden when he worked for ESPN 10 years ago is disturbing and not what the Raiders stand for,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement issued Friday evening. “We were first made aware of the email late yesterday by a reporter and are reviewing it along with other materials provided to us today by the NFL. We are addressing the matter with Coach Gruden and will have no further comment at this time.”

The details regarding the Gruden email can be seen here.

Gruden is in the fourth year of a 10-year contract with the Raiders. He has a record of 22-30 since his return to football from broadcasting.

29 responses to “Mark Davis: Jon Gruden email is “disturbing”

  1. I don’t know if the NFL can rightly discipline Chucky, but maybe they can. I think after 10 years it would be difficult to make it stand. So now we have moved on from the diva qb’s to 2 head coaches. This could get interesting.

  2. I’m liberal as they come . I’ve never heard anything bad about Gruden. His football record is one thing. Let’s not start tearing people down over one stupid thing .

  3. I like Gruden but I dont see how he can look his team in the face after a tweet like that. There are some things you just cant walk back.

  4. What is the statute of limitations?
    Someone may have done something in the past that would be in poor taste today, or possibly get you suspended.
    But 10 years ago is a long time. If they do it while working for their current employer then punish them.
    Otherwise warn them.

  5. What was the purpose of bringing up an email written 10 years ago? Why now? It sounds like someone has an axe to grind. If Mark Davis is that disturbed, he has two choices – suspend Gruden or fire him.

  6. Is he racist though?. More likely just mad and like a bully he used a feature of the person to make fun of. If the guy was a red head he probably would have made fun of his hair. Doesn’t make any of right, still stupid, im just not jumping to the racist conclusion yet.

  7. Convenient time to put it out? I’m guessing whoever had the material was holding on to it until it could hurt him the worst. They are a 3-1 playoff contender. Perfect timing. Same with Tunsil and the bong video predraft.

  8. He’s done. Like it or not, Chuckie has coached his last NFL game. The NFL and the Raiders can’t look like they are endorsing racism in any context. Sponsors most likely calling the team and league now to gauge response. Not good for Gruden

  9. Based on the comments and the thumbs up, thumbs down, it appears everyone loves Gruden. They should. Gruden is a good man.

  10. B S. I do not believe Davis has any sincere criticism of Gruden and in my opinion this is just him checking a box. Quite a last week for coaches revealed to be morons or worse.

  11. I wouldn’t trust him to be able to lead the team after this.
    He needs the respect of ALL of his players and he has at the very least made that suspect.

    It’s just not a risk I would take if he were my employee.

  12. I usually do not write comments on this website, but I am compelled to bring sober thoughts concerning the matter. first, let me say that I am not a man of hate, but if another hates me and lay not his hands upon me I do not care. second, let us not pretend that only certain of us use words which are construed by others to be hateful, we all do it; only certain among us are held accountable. I have used these very words in describing black people and many other words that might be considered worse. I have also used words of offense to describe all other races in my lifetime. third, my observation is that we black people probably use words of offense more than any other group, even them that describe ourselves. fourth, Gruden spake these words many years ago. ought we to hold accountable each one the other for every thing we determine to be offensive in the distant past? of a truth we are fortunate that God almighty does not apply that very standard to those of us that believe. and who among us is righteous, that he does only good and sins not? take heed what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again. and lastly, I am of the “baby boom” generation so I well remember the civil rights era and I have seen things that this generation has only heard about. some say that we ought to remember the past that we repeat it not; but I say we need not know what evil things were done to know that they ought not to be done, and there is no new thing under the sun. how soft have we become. “sticks and stones” people…

  13. This is pretty ridiculous that this email even finds the light of day 10 years later. I’m no Raiders fan but this kind of destroying people’s career over a private conversation that took place years ago is absolutely ridiculous. It’s not like Gruden has any history of this type of behavior either!

  14. HurtsToReadComments says:
    October 8, 2021 at 10:49 pm
    John Gruden only won with Tony Dungy’s team
    And Callahan got there with Gruden’s team

  15. John Gruden only won with Tony Dungy’s team


    No part of the 2002 Bucs Super Bowl offense was Tony’s Dungy’s doing. It was all Gruden. This gets buried every time someone says it was Dungy’s team. Dungy’s offense, year in and year out, was always putrid.

  16. John Gruden is overrated. He got lucky and won a SB with a already-well-built team.
    But don’t tear him for stupid things he said 10 years ago.

  17. I hate cancel culture but how do you coach in the NFL after comments like this become public? How are the black guys on the Raiders feeling about playing for this guy from here on out?

  18. This is very disturbing at the least. People need to realize, you have to have a certain moral compass to hold certain positions in life.. And if it’s found that you may not operate with a particular set of morality and integrity with your views, then you will be subject to the mist dire consequences regarding that position or status.
    An NFL Head Coach is one of those positions. This individual is a leader of men of all nationalities and backgrounds. To think that he may think less of an individual due to their race is inexcusable and unacceptable, and makes him unfit to hold such a position. It’s a hard thing to realize, but it’s the truth.

  19. DJ June says:
    October 9, 2021 at 7:47 am
    John Gruden only won with Tony Dungy’s team


    No part of the 2002 Bucs Super Bowl offense was Tony’s Dungy’s doing. It was all Gruden. This gets buried every time someone says it was Dungy’s team. Dungy’s offense, year in and year out, was always putrid.

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    False. Monte Kiffin was responisble for that D and GM John McKay.

    Gruden is an offensive guy and Dungy was not.

    Dungy has no business being in the HOF.

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