Buccaneers remove Jon Gruden from Ring of Honor

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Jon Gruden was the first head coach ever to win a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers, but the franchise no longer views him worthy of a place in its Ring of Honor.

Less than 24 hours after Gruden resigned as head coach of the Raiders over years-old offensive emails, the Buccaneers announced that Gruden will no longer be in their Ring of Honor.

“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have advocated for purposeful change in the areas of race relations, gender equality, diversity and inclusion for many years. While we acknowledge Jon Gruden’s contributions on the field, his actions go against our core values as an organization. Therefore, he will no longer continue to be a member of the Buccaneers Ring of Honor,” the team said in a statement.

With a career record of 57-55, Gruden won more games than any other head coach in Buccaneers franchise history.

120 responses to “Buccaneers remove Jon Gruden from Ring of Honor

  1. Maybe they didn’t like the fact that Gruden was the first and only NFL coach to ever have an openly gay player on his team.

  2. I wonder if Gruden has something he’d like to leak. He’s getting erased from the NFL, might as well go scorched earth. What a fall from grace.

  3. Gruden got toppled like a confederate general’s statue — cancel culture working exactly like it should. Bye bye, rube.

  4. Man, the next edition of Webster’s dictionary for the word “cancelled” will state “See Gruden, Jon.”

    I’ve never liked Gruden, though I’d admit being amused by his hilarious but no doubt phony facial expressions on the sidelines when he was supposedly mad or suffering from a bout of intensity, but the only thing I don’t like about him getting slapped around by the media the way he’s being slapped around involves the billionaire owners, various GMs, and probably NFL higher-ups whose emails aren’t being made public.

    I really miss the old days when football coverage was about the damn games instead of all this 2021 indignation for one thing or another. And I am not defending Gruden with that statement. He’s an ass, has always been an ass, and he deserves the hard knuckles on the nose that are finally finding and reaching his face.

  5. charliecharger says:
    October 12, 2021 at 5:58 pm
    Maybe they didn’t like the fact that Gruden was the first and only NFL coach to ever have an openly gay player on his team.
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    Yeah, especially after referring to gays as “F******.” Really great guy.

  6. They should have added “knock on wood if you’re with me”.

    That eventual ceremony in Tampa recognizing the Super Bowl team he coached just got awkward.

  7. I thought the NFL honors was purely and only about on-the-field production, hence OJ remains in the Hall-of-Fame, Rae Carruth is listed as a NFL players and current players Like Tyrek, Frank are allowed to play. In order to abide by cancel culture the NFL really needs to start stripping everything from every ring-of-honor to the Hall-of-Fame since probably well into the 90’s and early 2000’s they can probably pin about anything (racist, antigay, etc) on any of those players.

  8. Wow! Our world has really devolved. What he said was ignorant to the max, but to wipe out his achievements is vindictive and petty. In some ways the response has been just as bigoted as his statements. Those throwing stones now better be prepared to shovel glass shards when they get their due!

  9. Are you somehow unaware of what the punishment is for murder?

    curtis20 says:
    October 12, 2021 at 6:03 pm
    Well that escalated quickly. Bad words said in private are worse than killing someone

  10. How self virtuous of the Bucs. Have they even read the emails? Or spoken to Gruden to get his perspective? Or did they just go with the majority view on Twitter today?

  11. Why isn’t there similar outrage over the NFL partnering with Jay Z and him potentially becoming a part owner of a team? He has used much worse lyrics and slurs in his rap music career yet nobody is offended by that. More double standard hypocrisy on display

  12. didnt antonio brown, a current employee of this supposed great moral organization, call someone a cracker? guess thats okay..smh

  13. Will the NFL strip Gruden of his Super Bowl victory making the Raiders the 2003 Champs?

    Didn’t think so.

  14. As I said earlier. Nobody could figure out why those Raider Executives just flat out retired at the beginning of the year. Hate to assume anything but human nature kicks in..

  15. Ray Lewis
    Lawrence Taylor
    Richard Sherman
    Etc
    Just 3 out of hundreds of NFL players that have committed felonies that are still considered hero’s in the NFL. And gruden gets cancelled for private emails (granted many of them vulgar) sent years and years ago. This is the works we live in where words on a ten year old email are worse than murder (Ray Lewis). What a joke! I ask anyone celebrating this exile of gruden one simple question; how would you feel if the worst of your emails and texts were shared with your spouse, parents, friends, etc???

  16. Most Buc fans in 2002 – even those who are rightfully offended by what Gruden stupidly said in those emails – would overlook it if they knew he would bring the team a Super Bowl. Without him, Bucs more likely than not would not have gotten over the hump. My take – you don’t remove the banner – maybe add a footnote to it. But he did what he did, and nobody would expect the Bucs to give back their Lombardi from 2002.

  17. Pretty weak. All this because the New York Times finally found some emails they were interested in.

  18. “Emails aside, is that career head coaching record with the Bucs worthy of ring of honor?”
    __________

    I’ll top that one: He was mentioned in an article on here just a couple months back as a potential Hall of Famer. For a guy who won a single Super Bowl (with somebody else’s players) and then never won another playoff game after that. Standards are pretty low these days.

  19. I guess in our new perfect world there is no such thing as second Chance’s. No matter how many years ago it happened. I think they are going to far when you start erasing history.

  20. therealraider says:
    Will the NFL strip Gruden of his Super Bowl victory making the Raiders the 2003 Champs?
    Didn’t think so.
    ==

    Do Raiders fans really want a participation trophy, and would it mean anything after their team got annihilated 48-21 in that game?
    Didn’t think so.

  21. I understand and agree the emails were wrong, and I understand why he had to be fired as a head coach as the head coach is supposed to be the leader and face of the team.

    But this is taking things too far. Stripping past honors, while the Buccaneers organization thinks it’s completely fine to have a player who was charged with sexual assault, burglary and battery on the team. You really think what Gruden did was worse than Antonio Brown? Because that’s what the Buccaneers believe I guess. Just crazy hypocrisy.

  22. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS! Give back the Lomardi you weasels! Glazer’s must make 10 years of emails available! LUDICROUS hypocrisy!

  23. “The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have advocated for purposeful change in the areas of race relations, gender equality, diversity and inclusion for many years. “ Hey Glazer family, tell us all about the sexist comments made by AB toward the mother of his children that was recorded and the sexual assault on multiple women. You were able to overlook that.

  24. Gruden made a nasty sexual remark about one of the Glazers, so this is about more than virtue-signaling by the Bucs. Maybe it’s petty to do this over a personal insult to an owner, but hey, if you can’t flex to this extent as an owner, what’s the point?

  25. Highly unusual and I smell a rat. What he did was bad, but think the Bucs organization do not like him very much and this is their way of settling the score with him.

  26. You don’t have to like Gruden, but it seems someone at the league offices is not satisfied he’s out of football completely. The long knives are really out for him. It may be time for Gruden to hire a real shark to take down the NFL a few notches.

  27. SFfootballfan says:
    October 12, 2021 at 6:26 pm
    Pretty weak. All this because the New York Times finally found some emails they were interested in.
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    The NYT has exposed plenty of Liars, cheats, and criminals. Which gives plenty of opportunity for Fox News to defend those same individuals.

  28. Yes. What Gruden did was worse than what ANtonio Brown did. And don’t forget, Brown got fired.

  29. awr56 says:

    Ray Lewis
    Lawrence Taylor
    Richard Sherman
    Etc
    Just 3 out of hundreds of NFL players that have committed felonies that are still considered hero’s in the NFL.

    Richard Sherman did not commit any felonies- his charges were all misdemeanors, and he did not harm anyone- only his vehicle and himself/reputation. But it’s uniformed logic like this that is part of OUR collective problem as a society.

  30. This country has no place for bigots. If they don’t like the culture in America, LEAVE!

    And take all the Nazis with you. We don’t want or need you here.

  31. jimmbrown44 says:
    What he did was bad, but think the Bucs organization do not like him very much and this is their way of settling the score with him.
    ==

    If the Tampa Bay organization dislikes Jon Gruden that much then whey would it put him in its Ring of Honor in the first place?

  32. Racists kill me defending other racists. Cancel all racists! Besides prison, CANCELLATION is what they deserve.

  33. It’s a lot easier to tear someone down than to be a hero, yourself. Both sides of this nonsense have dirty laundry.

  34. I admit I still don’t completely understand the whole cancel culture thing. But someone who gets called out by something they said, tweeted or whatever when they were a teenager is just plain wrong. Teens don’t know what they are doing most of the time and should be given a break. But in the case of a fifty something year old man, his comments from ten years ago most likely represents who he is today. So I have no problem with what’s happening to Gruden now.

  35. But the Bucs still employ Antonio Brown. Ummm, yeah. Kareem Hunt kicked a female in the head on video and still has a job in the NFL. So, sending vulgar private emails is far worse than assaulting women? What an awful world this has become.

  36. “Racists kill me defending other racists.”

    Racists are people who actually commit racist acts. Gruden was insulting. That doesn’t necessarily make him a racist.

  37. Once someone is is the ring of honor, they stay in the ring of honor. PRIOD. It’s for what they did, not what is done in private conversations. WOW ! I heard people of color say some seriously bad things and I heard GAY people often use the F word when talking about their ex.
    So don’t tell me just because this was exposed is doesn’t go on within their own culture or circles.
    THEY KNOW IT AND I KNOW IT AND THEY KNOW I AM RIGHT.
    I just think Gruden used sloppy wording and now he’s being run off for it.
    Guess what?
    If the NFL leaked his email and it’s proven?
    Then the NFL MUST release ALL the emails between the owners to ANYONE.
    This party just got started people. HaHaHa. This is not the last laugh. It’s just looking at the mess and shaking my head how Goodell could have let this happen.
    IT WAS IN HOUSE.

  38. The Buc (smartly) do not need the distraction or division of a coach long gone. He did coach the team to the superbowl mainly improving the offense for one year. Helped a lot he knww the other teams plays since there were not smat enough to change them. After the superbowl, him and Bruce Allen destroyed that team.

    Glad the Bucs took action to avoid distraction.

  39. I am deducing that the Glazier family felt betrayed/hurt that agruden who spoke nicely to their face was sending private emails To other Tampa alumni mocking them.

    Easily the most understandable decision in this implosion today.

  40. I must admit, I was surprised when he was added. Teams with not much success in their history sometimes raise the few moments they’ve had a little higher in some respects than perhaps they should. Gruden was a middling coach, ok they won that SB but I’m not sure combined with a win total in the 50s if he was all that deserving in the first place. I understand the idea of trying to remind the fans of that moment of fleeting glory. After as a Lions fan I laugh when we celebrate a bleeping playoff win over 25 years ago. Still he wasn’t a giant by deeds or reputation so the honor coming down rings a little quieter. After all, the man has NEVER been the best at anything or even close he’s a caricature of himself. Hell end up doing something at a C level outlet somewhere and he’ll be a cautionary tale on hubris meeting stupidity.

  41. Good to see the Bucs forfeiting the title and the players all giving their rings back.

    Oh wait…..

  42. Bunch of hypocrites all over the place, look at who is performing at the superbowl. These people don’t stand for nothing.

  43. At this rate, much like the five year waiting period for the HoF,I fear people will need to have been dead for 20 years before being honored…oh wait, never mind…
    See Columbus, Christopher

  44. The hypocrisy of the NFL on full display. Eminem & Snoop Dogg are playing the halftime show for this years super bowl.Can’t wait for someone to leak the lyrics and video’s of these two fine reps of wholesomeness to Roger and the gang,, sheesh

  45. I am still amazed how many racists and bigots swarm to this board to showcase it right in front of everyone defending such vile words and sentiments.

  46. Meanwhile Tyreek Hill is still collecting a paycheck after choking his pregnant girlfriend and breaking his child’s arm

  47. The world has lost it’s mind. I just wonder who’s pulling the strings. Who injected all of these radical ideologies? Who thinks it’s okay to roster murderers and rapists, but ruin someone over 10 year old words?

  48. Let the history books show that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won ONLY one Super Bowl now .

  49. The vacancy in the Ring of Honor will be filled by the next greatest coach in Bucs history, Dirk Koetter. At least until his emails about Goodell come to light, too.

  50. When I saw that Gruden was out last night due to more offensive emails uncovered, my first thought was that he must have spoke derogatorily towards Mark Davis’s haircut in one of them.

  51. qdog112 says:

    Racists kill me defending other racists. Cancel all racists! Besides prison, CANCELLATION is what they deserve.

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    Thanks for admitting you think anyone who says something you find offensive should go to prison. I wonder, do you believe the reverse is also true? Or is this just typical liberal hypocrisy?

  52. touchback6 says:

    I am still amazed how many racists and bigots swarm to this board to showcase it right in front of everyone defending such vile words and sentiments.

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    Nobody is defending what Jon Gruden wrote in those emails. Do provide an example where someone did, please.

  53. proflonghair says:
    October 12, 2021 at 6:59 pm
    And Ray Lewis still had a statue in Baltimore

    15 2 Rate This

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    And creepy Ravens fans will act like it’s normal. I am still not sure why Buffalo doesn’t have one up for OJ after all these years.

  54. And yet they have no problem employing Antonio Brown. So this tells us it’s ok to endanger lives (furniture from balcony), randomly attack delivery drivers, assault women and financially screw over multiple people….but don’t call anyone names.

  55. Very very few of us would survive a look at ten years of our emails, texts and chat history. Let alone transcripts of our nights out over drinks.

  56. I imagine 90% of us have written something stupid in our lifetimes that if uncovered today would put our jobs in jeopardy. Be honest, think back to college if you must. I know I said some dumb stuff I didn’t agree with then and would never say now. What he said 10 years ago was abhorrent and apologies are necessary but the cancel culture needs to be toned down a bit.

  57. runtheball says:
    October 12, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    At 57-55, he probably never should have been in the ring of honor.
    ——-
    Most wins in Bucs history dude. Plus their first championship. Not every team has the history of the New England Patriots or SF 49ers.

  58. I am still amazed how many racists and bigots swarm to this board to showcase it right in front of everyone defending such vile words and sentiments.
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    No one is defending Gruden, we are pointing out the hypocrisy on display when a man loses his livelyhood due to 10 year old words at the hands of the same people who revere the likes of Ray Lewis, Antonio Brown, Tyreek Hill, etc. Seems like you are allowed to be a terrible human being in the NFL as long as you look a certain way.

  59. Hit job on Gruden who was an ESPN employee at the time. Where is the heads rolling at ESPN?

    Snoop, Eminem & Dr Dre are preforming at Halftime – clean, G rates lyrics from those fellas.

    Kareem Hunt – Tyreek Hill – Deshaun Watson are all still collecting paychecks.

    Lawrence Taylor & OJ are in the HOF

  60. ouchback6 says:
    October 12, 2021 at 7:07 pm
    I am still amazed how many racists and bigots swarm to this board to showcase it right in front of everyone defending such vile words and sentiments.

    ——

    The rest of us are amazed that a guy who vowed to no longer post here is still somehow posting

  61. Lawrence Taylor banged underage prostitutes, Mike Vick killed dogs, and yet…here we are with hurt feelings erasing a man from NFL existence LMAOOOOO

  62. There are so many hypocrites regarding this issue.
    How many of you snowflakes have written or said something going back over 10 years that you regretted, or that was offensive?
    Cast the first stone hypocrites.
    People can change. Many do, for the better.
    This moral high ground is destroying our country not improving it.
    Cancel culture is for the weakest of our society.
    Before you become judge and jury of someone else’s character, look in the damn mirror!

  63. Two things can be true simultaneously. Yes, the emails were offensive and hurtful. But no, Gruden shouldn’t be out of a job, or ejected from the Ring of Honor, for private communications he made over a decade ago (when he was not even employed by the Buccaneers). I suspect that many people working in the NFL today have made similar remarks, or equivalent mistakes, at various points in their lives. The same holds for many of those who are gleefully cheering Gruden’s demise. This isn’t just a story about the NFL, it’s evidence of a culture going haywire.

  64. In every other area but “sensitivity,” people emphasize how important it is to rehabilitate the individual. At least, there’s a pathway to redemption. But here, with ESPN saying that Gruden will never work in the NFL again, we have a dynamic where there is no way back for anyone. And that’s a loss for everyone.

  65. returntoexcellence says:
    October 12, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    OJ still in the hall?

    _____________

    As promised, he’s still out there looking for the real killers.

  66. Im Just so tired of all this. The game is now so soft the people closer to collecting social security than college can still play QB, the rules so convoluted that the outcome of every game is questioned by both the looser and winner. I miss the old game, warts and all. I wouldn’t want Lawrence Taylor as my spiritual advisor, but I sure loved the way he got after those poor QB’s. I was always aware of LT’s “other” activities and faults. For my own entertainment I managed to find a way to overlook things.Maybe I shouldnt have, but the focus was more on the game and the talented players it employed. Sunday was the best day of the week. Now we have swung way too far the other way. Is there a midway point we can all live with. Howard cosell and Jon Gruden should have survived this and Ray Caruth or Arron Hernandez shouldnt.

  67. That eventual ceremony in Tampa recognizing the Super Bowl team he coached just got awkward.
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    That took place already a few years ago.

  68. Let’s be honest. His success in Tampa was because of Tony Dungy. Tony set that team up for success and Chuckie was just the right person at the right time.

  69. Not a Gruden fan but this is a load of crap. He doesn’t deserve to be forced out or have any honors taken away! It was 10 years ago in private emails while not employed in the NFL. No one else’s business!

  70. OJ still in the hall?

    _____________

    As promised, he’s still out there looking for the real killers.
    ——
    That was a good one. It really is amazing if you sit down and add em up, just how many truly terrible people came through the NFL.

  71. Why is Dan Snyder getting a pass ? AGAIN. Bruce Allen worked for him. We want him gone too.

    WFT Fan Base

  72. His success in Tampa was because of Tony Dungy. Tony set that team up for success and Chuckie was just the right person at the right time.
    ==========

    Why didn’t Dungy win a couple Super Bowls then??

  73. After thinking about this the last few days ,I now think it’s ok to remove him from the Tampa Bays Ring of honor. Gruden brings NO HONOR to us Bucs fans. We now have 13 members who 12 bring impeccable honor , one we know has had past issues. Leeroy Selmon John McKay. Jimmie Giles. Derrick brooks. Paul gruber. Ronde barber. Mike alstott. Doug Williams. John lynch. Malcom glazer. Monte kiffen. Tony dungy and of course warren sapp.

  74. From Ring of Honor to Ring of Fire in a heartbeat.

    Meanwhile Tom Brady is already in….. 😀

  75. Here’s the thing. Times have changed. To simply say “oh I used that language all the time 40 years ago and it was fine” is not an defense. Times have changed. If you still wanna use that language now then go ahead, but there will be consequences for it. Your language…your choice.

  76. To those mentioning erasing history: they’re just removing him from the ring of honor. I don’t think it’s the same thing.

  77. As I type this comment on the internet I am stuck by the one thing “WE ALL KNOW” that none of the prior posters realize. NOTHING on the internet is private. Absolutely nothing. So if you are going to make stupid comments, yes, they could come back to haunt you. Don’t act like they should be private thoughts. There is always a chance they could be seen by others.

    Last I checked, the Head Coach of an NFL team is a pretty lofty job. JG was getting a cool $10 mil a year. Like it or not, YES, head coaches are held to a higher standard. As the number 3 or 4 guy in a huge money making enterprise, if your behavior, past or present causes issues, you’re gone! Period.

    Corporate execs are told to not write emails in some companies. This is a way to try to prevent emails from killing you later.

    Thems the rules. Deal with it. I have no issue “at all” with the ouster of a guy who not only embarrassed his employer, but good God, he embarrassed himself!

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