Mark Davis on Jon Gruden’s emails: “We don’t stand for it”

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Raiders owner Mark Davis has come a long way from having no comment about the resignation of coach Jon Gruden.

“I have no comment,” Davis said on Wednesday before adding this: “Ask the NFL. They have all the answers.”

After Sunday’s win over the Broncos, Davis had more to say, via Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. But the latest words from Davis had a different ring that his apparent frustration with the league office from four days earlier.

“Listen, the Raiders stand for diversity, inclusion and social justice,” Davis said. “We always have and we always will. The emails that came out are not what we stand for and so Jon Gruden is no longer head coach. There’s not much more I can say. All the talking heads are making up all sorts of stuff. That’s all it is. We don’t stand for it.”

One of the “talking heads” to whom Davis apparently was referring is Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Although he provided a very basic and bare-bones summary of the situation on the pregame show that preceded Sunday morning’s Dolphins-Jaguars game from London, La Canfora posted something far more unfiltered (or perhaps less filtered) at the CBS website.

Wrote La Canfora of Davis, “He thinks the league office is out to get him. He thinks it’s a hit job.”

Many believe that Gruden would still be coaching the Raiders if the 650,000 secret Washington Football Team emails had remained secret. That if the league had simply sent the materials to the Raiders with no leaks, Davis wouldn’t have fired Gruden or asked him to resign. The leaks, starting on October 8 an continuing on October 11, make Gruden’s ongoing employment untenable. The leaks either came from the league or someone in a very small group of people who had access to the emails.

Whether it would have been right or wrong for Davis to keep Gruden, it’s fair to wonder whether Davis would have turned his team upside down absent the intense public scrutiny that came from the leaks. Even if things would have ended up in the same spot, Davis has a right to be upset that someone forced his hand by leaking the secret emails to the media.

28 responses to “Mark Davis on Jon Gruden’s emails: “We don’t stand for it”

  1. LaCanfora is a puny little liar. In no way shape or form would Davis have kept Gruden around. He went and made sure it really was what it was, then acted. You can’t just fire that moment. What if Davis fires him that moment, then we find out out Gruden was hacked? Then what do you do? Davis handled it perfectly, unlike Goodell, Pash and the rest of the plantation bosses.

  2. We don’t stand for it. You stood for it when it was just the Smith memo even though you had possession of all the other emails for a week at least. You only didn’t stand for it when those emails became public and the tide went against Gruden.

  3. If all this was known before the season why did the NFL not give Davis a chance to deal with it before the season? Maybe it is because he is Son of Al?

  4. Although Gruden’s actions were 10 years ago, this scandal was a time bomb waiting to happen. Gruden rubs people the wrong way and he left himself vulnerable by putting this thoughts into written words. Local, state, and even Federal politician have gotten away with much worse, but not an NFL coach. This had nothing to do with the Radiers but they paid the price. Kudos to the players for winning on the road in Denver today.

  5. It’s gonna be awkward when the Raiders win the Super Bowl this year and they have to present Gruden with a ring.

  6. Mark Davis is speaking for the Raiders. But actions speak louder than words. The Raiders were the first to hire a black coach, an Hispanic coach, a female executive director, a black General Manager, and an openly gay player. Anyone questioning Mark Davis’s integrity, or history on diversity must be ignorant. Jon Gruden is reported to have sent some emails when he was an employee of ESPN. Why isn’t anyone questioning ESPN? The Davis family and the Raiders have created and promoted an environment based on diversity. ESPN should have to answer if anyone has any questions about 10 year old emails. Mark Davis didn’t own ESPN ten years ago.

  7. Ala Sean Payton & the Saints – between his comments, officiating, and the largely laughable bounty gate – it would make sense that the NFL goes after the Raiders because of the family history, as well as standing for issues the NFL is notoriously against.

  8. I’m not sure there have been many people out there who have simultaneously got what they deserve and got screwed at the same time like Gruden. Meanwhile the league is making Mark Davis pay for the perceived sins of his father.

  9. I like what Davis said…it’s a few days late,but at least he said it. Gruden’s words and opinions are unacceptable. The Raiders team played today like maybe they were enjoying Gruden being gone.

  10. Gruden openly advocated for discrimination in employment of female referees and gay players. The slurs got the headlines, but the open support for illegal discrimination is the bigger issue.

  11. The first emails were leaked on Friday, October the 8th.

    Al Davis died on October the 8th.

    So, the emails were leaked on the anniversary of Al’s death.

    Coincidence?

  12. Referring to “secret” emails contributes to some people’s erroneous perception that the emails were private. The only “secrecy” attached to the emails is that designated by the NFL.

    In reality, there is, and never was, nothing private or secret or private about emails sent to and received by a company email account on a company owned device.

  13. charliecharger says:
    October 17, 2021 at 10:29 pm
    Mark Davis is speaking for the Raiders. But actions speak louder than words. The Raiders were the first to hire a black coach, an Hispanic coach, a female executive director, a black General Manager, and an openly gay player. Anyone questioning Mark Davis’s integrity, or history on diversity must be ignorant. Jon Gruden is reported to have sent some emails when he was an employee of ESPN. Why isn’t anyone questioning ESPN? The Davis family and the Raiders have created and promoted an environment based on diversity. ESPN should have to answer if anyone has any questions about 10 year old emails. Mark Davis didn’t own ESPN ten years ago.

    Amen, brother!

  14. charliecharger says: October 17, 2021 at 10:29 pm Mark Davis is speaking for the Raiders. But actions speak louder than words. The Raiders were the first to hire a black coach, an Hispanic coach, a female executive director, a black General Manager, and an openly gay player. Anyone questioning Mark Davis’s integrity, or history on diversity must be ignorant. Jon Gruden is reported to have sent some emails when he was an employee of ESPN. Why isn’t anyone questioning ESPN? The Davis family and the Raiders have created and promoted an environment based on diversity. ESPN should have to answer if anyone has any questions about 10 year old emails. Mark Davis didn’t own ESPN ten years ago.
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    Amen, brother!

  15. No Rest for the Wicked says:
    October 17, 2021 at 10:04 pm
    Gruden got majorly shafted, and the media had a huge hand in it. Pathetic.
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    Gruden shafted himself. His regressive attitudes are what is pathetic. The media simply informed you of what he admitted to being.

  16. Jon Gruden is very, very busy with his attorneys planing on how he is going to stick it to Mark Davis and the NFL. Even though he he loves them to death.

  17. The first emails were leaked on Friday, October the 8th.

    Al Davis died on October the 8th.
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    That is too crazy to be a coincidence.

  18. First of all I do not

    I do not agree with the comments made by Gruden however he was not employed by the Raiders or the NFL at the time. He was working for ESPN I believe. I also believe there is more to this than meets the eye whether its an anti Davis thing over his father and not wanting the son to reap the gobs of money coming in from the Vegas move or they didn’t wanna look at that comically bad haircut any longer. There is more than meets the eye here.

  19. @Goon

    I don’t have time to give you a history lesson, young buck.

    Read a book, do some research.

    The Raiders, past and present, have been the most inclusive franchise in the history if the NFL.

  20. mookie34 says:
    October 17, 2021 at 10:21 pm
    It’s gonna be awkward when the Raiders win the Super Bowl this year and they have to present Gruden with a ring.
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    No way would the NFL let that happen. If it started to look likely ‘something’ would ‘just happen’ that changes that.

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