Jon Gruden: I have resigned as head coach, I love the Raiders and don’t want to be a distraction

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Jon Gruden has officially announced his resignation.

“I have resigned as Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders,” Gruden said in a statement released this evening. “I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”

Gruden’s resignation comes on the heels of several of his emails expressing racist, sexist, homophobic and otherwise offensive sentiments being released publicly. The emails were years old but only recently came to light because of the investigation into the Washington Football Team. Gruden sent the emails to Bruce Allen, the former president of the team.

This is Gruden’s 15th season as a head coach. He first became head coach of the Raiders in 1998 and spent four years there before leaving for Tampa Bay in 2002, winning a Super Bowl in his first season. After seven seasons in Tampa Bay, Gruden was fired and became the top Monday Night Football commentator. He then returned to coaching with the Raiders in 2018. His coaching career has likely come to an end, with a record of 117-112.

89 responses to “Jon Gruden: I have resigned as head coach, I love the Raiders and don’t want to be a distraction

  1. “I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”

    Translation:

    “I’m sorry, I never meant for anyone else to read these emails.”

  2. You are witnessing a complete and utter catastrophic implosion of a man’s life long reputation. THIS has ruined the John Gruden brand…forever.

  3. I kinda hate the fact that he is basically being pushed out for something that happened years ago. We all have a past and should have the chance to correct & learn from our mistakes (admit it, we all have them). But on the other hand, I can’t see how he could continue as an effective leader after all of this.

  4. Overrated coach who couldn’t develop a QB and only won a Super Bowl with Tony Dungy’s team. Good riddance. Maybe Derek Carr will sleep peacefully tonight lol

  5. Does anyone think that there aren’t other coaches and executives in the league who have skeletons in their closet as well and whether or not the league continues down this path? Curious if this was a witch hunt by Goodell…..

  6. 1. These emails spanned a time frame that continued until 2018. So miss me with the “these are 10 years old.” Also, he was in his late 40’s in 2010.
    2. This shows a lack of judgment (my family and I, who are not even famous, will refrain from saying certain controversial things in emails because you never know when they might come back to haunt you in a future situation).
    3. This shows that he is a rage-filled jerk, and who wants to work with someone like that? I thought this about him way before any of this came to light. This just confirmed it. He’s a jerk.

    As far as his personal views, he is entitled to them just as everyone is. The fact that he emailed all of these things shows a lack of judgment, especially at his age and level of fame.

  7. Interesting to see The NY Times being the Hunter and investigate emails from a prominent person.

  8. Did the Raiders buy him out of his contract like they do college coaches? If they did then he is set for life.

  9. Imagine being 40 years old, married with kids. Having a solid job but then suddenly losing it when emails and texts you sent in your early 20’s are sent to your boss.

    This should open Pandoras Box for others in the NFL. Let’s see what everyone is saying.

  10. Translation: I take no accountability as the person who somehow managed to write emails like this, despite supposedly being a leader to a locker room full of professionals and minorities.

  11. Disappointed this ‘investigation’ into WFT has resulted in our coach resigning.

    Can’t argue that this hasn’t been a witch hunt.

    The question is why Gruden?

    Yes, he said things you just shouldn’t have in your vocabulary but he who is without sin cast the first stone (we’ve all been there at some stage in our lives).

    65,000 emails and this is all they have?

  12. nydre4 says:
    October 11, 2021 at 10:29 pm
    Imagine being 40 years old, married with kids. Having a solid job but then suddenly losing it when emails and texts you sent in your early 20’s are sent to your boss.
    ——
    Jon Gruden is 58 years old. The emails span a 7 year period, from 2011-2018 so Gruden was 48 at the youngest point.

    The only person that ruined Jon Gruden is Jon Gruden. It’s bad enough that he said these thing but beyond stupid to actually email them.

    Who wants *that* guy leading their football team?

  13. “Imagine being 40 years old, married with kids. Having a solid job but then suddenly losing it when emails and texts you sent in your early 20’s are sent to your boss.”

    As others mentioned, Gruden was in his late 40s when the first of these emails were sent. The implication that he didn’t understand how deeply problematic any of these epithets or characterizations were in the year 2011 is hysterically bad.

  14. Gruden in 2018 to USA Today: “If I can’t get it done, I’m not going to take their money.” Today: Jags fans everywhere with wishful thinking.

  15. Foolish to put locker room talk in a written email. 70 million reasons it’s not too bright.

  16. People saying Jon Gruden is ruined should rethink that…He cashed checks for over 30 million for this coaching stint, plus all the millions while broadcasting, plus all those commercials, etc…
    He is far from ruined, but at least he is finally GONE !

  17. It would be different if he was coming off a ton of success. He hasn’t done much in the current era. He’s not worth bring a distraction * because he isn’t good enough.

  18. Being a racist and all around clueless person doesn’t make this political. Why are people saying “when has sports becomes so political”

  19. “I have resigned as Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders…”
    And then he lit his cigar with a $100 bill fr.the giant contract the Raiders paid him.

  20. Gruden just needs to to take the money the Raiders still owe him and go fishing and drink beer.

  21. He was not being investigated but he was dumb enough to put all those thoughts in writing, where they were found. Moral of the story: grown-ups should know better than to leave a paper trail (or electronic trail) when saying something offensive. He did, he was caught, now he’s gone. Learn from it. Or don’t say it at all.

  22. Dan Snyder leaked them to embarrass Bruce Allen and take the heat off of him. Gruden was just collateral damage

  23. You mean to tell me with all that crap going on in Washington that John gruden’s the only thing they’ve come up with?

  24. It’s funny you read through all these comments and a majority of them read that if you’re dumb enough to leave a paper trail (or electronic) that this is what you get. I agree the things he said were offensive but let’s not forget this was an assumed private conversation. People say alot of dumb things behind closed doors. Should he lose his job? I don’t know about that. A lot of players have done dumb things over the years yet they kept employment. The list is long, do your own research. This league is built on 2nd chances. Why doesn’t he get a pass for prior (not current) offenses?

  25. nydre4 says:
    October 11, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Imagine being 40 years old, married with kids. Having a solid job but then suddenly losing it when emails and texts you sent in your early 20’s are sent to your boss.

    This should open Pandoras Box for others in the NFL. Let’s see what everyone is saying.

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    Imagine being able to do basic math. He’s 58 now. The last of the emails was three years ago. He wasn’t a kid during any of this.

  26. nfladdict2021 says:
    October 11, 2021 at 10:09 pm
    Should Eric Bieniemy be the next coach?
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    For all of the people that gave the previous post a thumbs down please explain to me why Bieniemy should not get a head coaching opportunity?

  27. The NFL is trying to stop the Raiders from outshining the chargers and the Rams but the Raiders will still outshine them!

  28. The bigger question is who’s next? If Gruden is going to held to this standard, what about the rest of the NFL? Let’s start at the top, Goodell, Kraft, Mara, Ross.

  29. On a side note apart from Gruden. If you told me one person in the league was part of some unprofessional stuff while being at the executive level and said take a blind guess with no information at all, I would’ve guessed Bruce Allen first or second. What we got a glimpse into was two powerful men in the NFL just being bleeps. Talking bleep about people all around them in the sphere of the NFL and it’s mechanisms of broadcasting, labor relations, Head of the League. The two are not an isolated instance, but they are the ones dumb enough to be this open with it. So reap what you sow which in this case is just ugliness, and basically bad karma. Enjoy unemployment I’m betting the money isn’t enough for Gruden. I bet he’ll missing being in charge and making people dance to his tune. No more commercials coming and I bet we see some go away. Exits over there don’t let the door hit you where the good lord split you Little Jon

  30. I do not agree, If Josh Gordon can get 11 chances the Gruden should at least get a second.
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    Gordon has an issue with drugs, Gruden simply confirmed he is an a$$hole which is something I’ve long suspected. Also Gruden was way better at self promoting and being a persona than he was at actually coaching. He should’ve stayed in the MNF booth and been this generations Madden rather than coming back and confirming what many had begun to suspect at the end of his time in Tampa.

  31. Does make you wonder about all the other adults in Gruden’s orbit over the years. Did any of them ever mention to him: “Cool it with that talk, that’s rude, crude and lewd, and you’ll never get a decent job talking like that.”

    Think he talked like that around Reid, Mooch, Al Davis, Holmgren or any of the other dozen and a half well known coaches who he spent considerable time around since 1990?

    This guy’s been a jerk of immense proportions for all of his adult life. How’d he always manage to keep getting prime gigs in the league & network?

  32. wearewhowethoughtwewere says:
    October 11, 2021 at 10:21 pm
    Overrated coach who couldn’t develop a QB and only won a Super Bowl with Tony Dungy’s team.

    ———

    This one never gets old…..

    1: Dungy was never the GM in Tampa Bay. Not even for a single day.

    2: The core players of that team were drafted before Dungy arrived.

    The truth of that tired comment is Gruden got it done after Dungy couldn’t.

  33. Does anyone know if an assistant coach can be hired from another team in a situation like this? I don’t know if it’s legal or within league rules. Would it be considered tampering? I don’t see it happening, but is it possible?

  34. I could be wrong here but I will give this a shot.

    He wasn’t being investigated for anything. Then all these emails were combed through and someone stumbled upon Grudens. Is making them public not defamation and grounds for a lawsuit?

    They were doing an investigation pertaining to drugs this doesnt have to deal with drugs at all so releasing this only does one thing and that is ruin Gruden. I would assume that there could be a big lawsuit on the way but idk I am not familiar with things like that and if anything discovered can just become public knowledge or not …. hes still a jerk but I don’t think this was handled appropriately and this could get even more interesting

  35. I bet that there are many many coaches and executives in & out of the league remembering ALL there emails that they sent back and forth with Coach Gruden?????
    Just on pins & needles hoping those don’t somehow get in the public eye.
    Hmmmm, Andy Reid? Mike McCarthy, Steve Mariucci?
    Have you ever wondered why Jeff Fisher retired at such a young age??????

  36. If he talked like that on-line how do you think he talked in person with his buddies?

    btw, Washington somehow involved again. We can’t get red of Dan Snyder no matter what we do wrong.

    The Snyder curse continues.

  37. Ponto60 says:
    October 11, 2021 at 11:39 pm
    I do not agree, If Josh Gordon can get 11 chances the Gruden should at least get a second.
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    If you can’t tell the difference between those two examples, I know I’d be wasting my time by explaining it to you.

  38. Calling this locker room talk is just enabling the behavior and excuse making for a bigot.

  39. We can all learn some valuable lessons from this: 1) If you have ever done anything you regret, live in fear. There is no statute of limitations; 2) The apology is pointless, it never works, and nobody really cares if you are sorry or not.

  40. Shinnbone says:
    October 12, 2021 at 7:54 am

    Have you ever wondered why Jeff Fisher retired at such a young age??????

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    Literally no-one ever wondered that. Fisher was fired only because the Rams owner did not want Fisher to set the record as the ALL TIME LOSINGEST COACH as a Ram coach.

    Fisher is 1 game from the record and if anyone were to hire him they would inherit his hall of shame record after one loss.

    Keep in mind that the Rams only hired him because they wanted to pull a “Major League” (look up the movie) and lose enough that it would be easier to move the team to LA.

  41. $100M contract: POOF. And just like that, Dennis Schröder is no longer having the worst year in American pro sports.

  42. Gruden has every right to have antiquated irrelevant ideas. He also has to own up to what he said and can’t whine about being held accountable.

  43. He wasn’t sending these emails to himself. I bet there are a lot of people that got these e mails who are sweating and remembering what their replies were!

  44. In this age of digital media and discovery; like it or not, the lesson here is to presume that any email or document you create, private or not – once it leaves your desk… is the property of the world.

  45. Gruden famously claims to have his players backs… when in fact he would stab them in the back with glee. Sneering contempt and schizoid smarmy two-faced duplicity, that defines Gruden as a man, always has. Rich successful famous dude, yet angry and bitter as bleep… Michael Jordan syndrome to the max…

  46. Shinnbone says:
    October 12, 2021 at 7:47 am
    Boy….. this country is so soft.
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    That is easy to say when, arbitrarily, you are born at the top of the food chain.
    Tell us how soft it is at the bottom that you’ve never experienced.

  47. golions1 says:
    October 12, 2021 at 8:51 am
    We can all learn some valuable lessons from this: 1) If you have ever done anything you regret, live in fear. There is no statute of limitations; 2) The apology is pointless, it never works, and nobody really cares if you are sorry or not.
    _________________________________________________________________________________________

    Completely tone deaf. He was in his 50’s. He’s wasn’t a teenager or in his early 20’s. It was socially unacceptable to say these things when he wrote them. 2011-2018. When you write things like this, and they come up later – you just don’t get to coach an NFL team anymore, there are always consequences to your choices in life. The apology isn’t pointless, it means something to people who have been hurt. Apologies aren’t supposed to make things go away, it’s to show remorse.

  48. Gruden is 58, very wealthy and can retire comfortably if he’s smart…which he isn’t, so I expect him to resurface in about a year’s time to try and rehabilitate his image. Even Michael Vick got a second chance. Good luck with that…

  49. USC…… Here is your chance to make Troy great again
    ==========

    Do people not realize what a dysfunctional mess USC is right now?

    Hiring a clown like Meyer isn’t going to clean them up… and Gruden may never work again.. ANYwhere!

  50. He used his WORK EMAIL to say the things he did. His freaking work email. He got what was coming, because other than being the colorful words being used to describe him, he’s a complete idiot.

  51. This whole situation is so ridiculous but it’s not surprising given the absurdity that has been injected into society during this “social media” era. It’s comical watching all of you using it as an opportunity to point out how morally superior you are compared to freaking Jon gruden because you’ve never said regrettable or bad taste things to a buddy simply because no one else was around.

  52. You have to give them credit continuing to find new and improved ways to trash their season. Congrats Raiders!!

  53. The NFL owners are in damage control mode right now. I’m sure some of them are more upset about what Gruden said about the owners than anything else.

    There were other high profile executives on these emails. Also, Gruden was no shrinking violet. His views were (probably) well known within the Raider organization and ESPN.

    Gruden probably does not think of himself as a bigot, but doesn’t understand that he still holds some bigoted viewpoints. The big question now is whether this will make him rethink any of his beliefs.

  54. Here is my take on this whole fiasco:

    While this was an investigation into the Washington Football Team, it’s quite clear and apparent to me that Gruden stepped on a lot of toes in the NFL and Media in their inner circle. To that point, they really had nothing on the guy to pin to him to warrant anything affecting his employment with said entities. Once his name popped up in that first email, someone was told to “see what else you can find on this little rat”. Once the other emails were uncovered they nailed him to the wall.

    With all that was said regarding the Union Chief, Media, Woman, The Commish and at least 10 owners, it was a no brainer. He had obviously gotten away with some very shady dealings with people around and involved with the NFL.

    I won’t debate or get into the amount of time that has past since the emails, whether or not he deserves a second chance or what else. Put simply he screwed some people and they had an opportunity to get him back in a big way and went full throttle.

    He burned many bridges before any of this came to light.

    “All things done in darkness…soon come to light”

  55. Just look at those flying stones!!
    I’m not going to defend Gruden, of course, but I will say that I am glad sometimes that I am not a public figure and under heavy scrutiny – believe it or not, over the last 10 or 11 years, I as well have had thoughts that would also be embarassing, etc had they become public knowledge.

    I think if we are all honest about it – we’re all guilty in some form or fashion – it just isn’t being aired in public. Gruden will feel the negative impact of his actions without all the “innocent people” casting stones.

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