John Lynch: Jon Gruden is “remorseful” for “horrifying” comments

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Former Raiders coach Jon Gruden publicly has displayed a certain amount of defiance regarding the events that led to his resignation. One of his former players in Tampa Bay says that, privately, Gruden has expressed remorse.

“I had the opportunity during the bye week, I reached out, and was surprised he actually called me back, and had a good conversation,” 49ers G.M. John Lynch said Friday on KNBR, via 49ersWebZone.com. “He feels a tremendous amount of remorse, as he should. And that’s what you do; you reach out to people and say, ‘Hey, I’m thinking and praying for you.’ And I simply said, ‘Hey, when you’re ready, give me a call,’ and he did. . . . We shared some thoughts — I’ll leave that private — but he is extremely remorseful and understands he’s got to make up for that however he can. And I think those are his actions. And that’s the only thing he can do at this point.”

Lynch described his reaction to the content of the emails that made Gruden’s ongoing tenure with the Raiders untenable.

“I was surprised because I didn’t know that to be his heart,” Lynch said. “And those things were … horrifying. That’s just not something I would think would come out of his mouth. And he didn’t just do it to one group of marginalized people; he did it to a whole host of them. . . . I think a lot of that [Buccaneers] team, that was a very close team. And a lot of those guys have reached out to him, trying to pick him up but also letting him know that we were all hurt by those comments because we didn’t expect that coming from him. So I’ll leave it at that, but it was terrible, and he’s paying a price. Lost his job, and is in a lonely place right now, and feeling the consequences of those actions.”

Once the emails became public, Gruden couldn’t continue as coach of the Raiders. Still, legitimate questions linger as to why and how the Gruden emails to former Washington executive Bruce Allen escaped from an otherwise secret trove of 650,000 emails. Someone targeted Gruden, and that part of it isn’t right. Hopefully, whoever did it will face the same consequences for their actions that Gruden is facing for his.

25 responses to “John Lynch: Jon Gruden is “remorseful” for “horrifying” comments

  1. John Lynch is a good man. It says a lot when someone reaches out to someone who is currently radioactive, and doesn’t defend him, but offers support. He did the same thing with Richard Sherman.

  2. The 49ers bye week started when Gruden was on an apology tour to save his job. Is he still contrite now that he’s been fired, or is he more like the guy we saw in those emails?

  3. Gruden said or wrote what he felt. He exposed the real Jon Gruden. Don’t get hung up what he emailed. People say they don’t know what’s in his heart. I say you’re wrong. A person acts out what’s in his heart.

    Gruden did & now he he’s out, as he should be. The same should hold for anybody who is found to have similar skeletons in their closet.

  4. Chris Simms is right on this one.
    Gruden is the kind of person who must be pissed off at something at all thing. Ranting and pissing off somehow make him feel smarter and more influential and more power.
    Gruden has been talking sh!ts about everyone and everything for decades. That is his brand. He is not remorseful at all.

  5. There for a minute I thought you weren’t talking about the NFL WFT, but about those other people that work in Washington D.C.

  6. “Hopefully, whoever did it will face the same consequences for their actions that Gruden is facing for his.” And if we get really hopeful it will also bring down the man in charge, Goodell.

  7. is John Lynch remorseful for destroying the 49ers with bad FA signings and poor high round draft picks?

  8. I’m really getting tired of all the self righteousness so many people have. I for one have made mistakes and said some terrible slurs…am I proud of it ,NO ,but I’ve made myself change. LET the man work on changing himself.

  9. Wholeheartedly agree, I hope justice finds its way to all involved. Also Lynch seems like a standup guy.

  10. Jon Gruden joins Humphrey Bogart (as Dix Steele) and The Smithereens “In a Lonely Place.”

  11. Lynch shouldn’t speak on Gruden’s behalf. If Gruden is truly remorseful then he can make amends and repent on his own. Time will tell and the proof is always in the pudding…..

  12. I’m confident the people in the media, fans, Tweeters, who are all crucifying Jon for his old raunchy emails, well if every of those people had their entire history’s private messages audited, they’d all be running for their lives. And I assume they’d all say,. Ooooh Lol come on i was just kidding, get off me.

  13. Just Here So I Don’t Get Fined says:
    October 22, 2021 at 8:01 pm
    John Lynch is a good man. It says a lot when someone reaches out to someone who is currently radioactive, and doesn’t defend him, but offers support. He did the same thing with Richard Sherman.

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    I couldn’t agree with you more. There is such a mob mentality these days, where everyone likes to pile on one person.. I suppose in an effort to deflect whatever skeletons are in their own closet. Because I am sure just about everyone has said or done something they regret, so it’s easy to just pile on someone. So for Lynch to reach out and at least hear Gruden out is pretty good of him. Takes courage as well because you know for sure there are going to be people criticizing Lynch for reaching out, because that’s what people do best these days: criticize.

  14. Gruden was a grown man in his late 40s in the 2010s when he made those disgusting comments. To spend 18 years coaching in the NFL and 5 more in college and still feel that way about black people reveals his lack of character.

    What Riley Cooper did was done while he was drinking at a concert and he still had to deal with the fallout. Gruden wrote the hatred while sober, looked at it, and then hit send.

    Writing that in an email in 2010 would be like smoking in a hospital room in 2010. Only scum would do it. The worst part of this is that he tried to lie about it until more emails were released. He felt no remorse about writing anything. The remorse was for the consequences.

  15. These guys have obviously not spent one minute in an unmoderated voice chat online in a video game.

    I mean, what fantasy land are they trying to portray that they live in?

  16. He’s only “remorseful” because he lost his job because of it. Who cares how it came out. He’s a bad guy – let’s just forget about him

  17. theoriginalsurferbob says:
    October 22, 2021 at 10:54 pm
    I’m confident the people in the media, fans, Tweeters, who are all crucifying Jon for his old raunchy emails, well if every of those people had their entire history’s private messages audited, they’d all be running for their lives. And I assume they’d all say,. Ooooh Lol come on i was just kidding, get off me.
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    These weren’t private emails or else they wouldn’t have found them on the WTF servers.

    And, your argument makes no logical sense. This isn’t about every bad thing said or written by every person, ever. This is about a public person who wielded a lot of power for a major corporation. Because other people have done bad things doesn’t excuse other people from the bad things they’ve done – it’s grade school playground logic.

    Gruden was at least in his 40s during the 7 year span of the emails – this is who he is. I think it’s wrong how he was targeted, but he is who he is.

  18. Whoever leaked those e-mails needs to be cancelled right away, The Truth will come out it always does eventually.

  19. curtis20 says:
    October 23, 2021 at 10:40 am
    Whoever leaked those e-mails needs to be cancelled right away, The Truth will come out it always does eventually.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    So, you’re saying the misdeed was the release of the emails, not the content of the emails? OK Mr. Trump.

  20. magicrats says:
    October 23, 2021 at 9:29 am
    He’s only “remorseful” because he lost his job because of it. Who cares how it came out. He’s a bad guy – let’s just forget about him

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    Horrible take.

    So, everything good he’s ever done is out the window? You, and everyone here has said, thought, written, and/or acted out some “bad” things in your life. That does not require everyone to “forget” about everybody and deem them “bad” in one final fell swoop to define their whole existence while permanently wishing them into the cornfield. This is what is currently wrong with the way society is leaning and why cancel culture is mostly vile.

    I’m not defending what he wrote at all. It’s indefensible. But we’re all human and have the ability to reform and grow.

    Yeah—everyone. Including you and I.

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