Jon Gruden admits to sending email with “vulgar” remark about Roger Goodell

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Officially, ESPN had no comment on Friday night regarding the email sent by Jon Gruden while he was working for the four-letter network. On Sunday, ESPN is saying plenty about the situation, courtesy of some on-the-record comments from their former employee.

Gruden admitted to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com that one of the emails sent by Gruden to former Washington executive Bruce Allen included a “vulgar description” of Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“I was in a bad frame of mind at the time [in 2011], and I called Roger Goodell a [expletive] in one of these emails too,” Gruden told Mortensen on Friday night, presumably with the understanding that it would become (as it did) a Sunday Splash! report. “They were keeping players and coaches from doing what they love with a lockout. There also were a lot of things being reported publicly about the safety of the sport that I love. I was on a mission with high school football [in the Tampa, Florida, area] during that time, and there were a lot of parents who were scared about letting their kids play football. It just didn’t sit well with me.”

Here’s the thing about Gruden. At any given moment, there’s something that doesn’t sit well with him. At any given moment, there’s something that makes him mad. He’s one of those guys who isn’t happy unless he’s irritated about something. So it’s not like the lockout sparked some major break from his preexisting tendency to not piss and moan about anything and everything.

Thus, while the context as to why Gruden was mad about Goodell in 2011 is helpful, it’s ultimately irrelevant. He made a vulgar reference to the man whose name appears on every football, which for whatever reason wasn’t leaked to Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal late last week.

It also would be nice to know what Gruden actually said. Surely, ESPN could have given us a hint. We’re guessing it’s a four-syllable word starting with “M” and ending with “-ucker.” Regardless, the generic use of “expletive” sheds no light on what Gruden said about Goodell.

Gruden added that he’s aware of five to seven total emails that are in issue, and that (as expected) there are “harsh words” in some of the emails about team owners. Speculation surely will continue as to the contents of the others unless and until they emerge.

11 responses to “Jon Gruden admits to sending email with “vulgar” remark about Roger Goodell

  1. This probably puts him in a positive light with most people. We’ve all probably said the same thing about Goodell 🙂

  2. Every general manager and head coach in the league has likely written an email or sent a text calling Goodell a similar expletive.

  3. The number of people on the list that are surprised about any of this is exactly zero.

  4. The outrage is the fact that they’re talking about 11 year old private emails. Gruden doesn’t have to apologize for anything that he said in private, especially since it’s all been taken out of context. Since the original email came out, we’ve discovered that there have been other emails. We jumped to conclusions after the first one, but the subsequent emails have shown that nothing racial was involved. Why should Gruden apologize for racist comments when he didn’t make any racist comments. Did you ever wonder why so many right wing politicians are getting more popular? This is why. You’re actually playing right into their hands when you make something that wasn’t racist into a racist thing. That doesn’t help anyone. It actually ends up hurting black people, in the long run. Keep an eye on the next election. Stuff like this will be the rallying cry at right wing hate rallies.

  5. Why is an investigation into WFT somehow been turned into Gruden-gate?
    Smokescreen or what?
    Yes, Chucky has been a bad boy and said some nasty things and needs to atone for this but I’m confused what the end game in going after Gruden is meant to provide.

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