The saddest irony, of course, is that one of John Gruden’s Raiders, Carl Nasib, became the first actively openly gay NFL player in June, and that’s when the courage was called to end years of suffering. , then NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement:
“The NFL family is proud of Karl for boldly sharing his truth today. Representation matters. We share his hope that someday soon statements like his are no longer new as we stand for the LGBTQ+ community in full equality.” Moving on. We wish Carl all the best in the season ahead.”
The Raiders tweeted: “Proud of you Carl,” and members of the NFL Brotherhood, including Saxon Barkley, supported that sentiment.
And you wonder today what John Gruden really had in his heart when he told ESPN: “I learned a long time ago what makes a man different is what makes him great.”
Gruden resigned his 10-year, $100 million contract on Monday night because Raiders owner Mark Davis knew, as everyone found out, that this was a man no longer qualified to defend the NFL. which had become more progressive in the long run. Demand for social justice for all.
Gruden resigned Monday night over a series of shocking and wildly disturbing and archaic emails The New York Times revealed he had sent from 2011-18 to a former Washington football team executive named Bruce Allen, Which has no place in society, much less than the NFL, and never did.
In a league that better-launches the promotion of women in the workplace and on the field, pushing to validate its Rooney Rule that wants to hire more black head coaches, who have put their arms and hearts out Opened up and brainwashed in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and several other black men and women, Gruden reveals himself as a misogynistic and homosexual spirit trapped in a chronology of Neanderthal time warp, walking, talking, venomous.
He lashed out in emails from NFL owners, coaches, and the media, calling Goodell a “fa-t” and an “uninformed anti-football p-y”, after the club called the former Rams coach for drafting “queers”. Raid against Jeff Fischer. The selection of Michael Sam in 2014. He was forced to apologize to NFLPA executive director Demoris Smith, who is black, for writing to Allen: “Dumboris Smith’s lips are the size of Michelin tires.” On and on and on.
And here’s the other irony: The late, great Al Davis was Mark Davis’ father. It was Al Davis of the Oakland Raiders who in 1989 hired Art Schell, the first modern-era Black coach, and Amy Trusk who became the league’s first female chief executive eight years later. It was Al Davis who was ahead of almost everyone else in terms of racial diversity: Just Equality, baby.
Al Davis was probably rolling in his silver and black grave on Monday night: He once hired young John Gruden, actually trading him to the Books, where Gruden won Super Bowl XXXVII, for draft picks.
“It brought tears to my eyes how many things he was capable of,” Mark Davis once told the Mercury News. “He did it because it was the right thing to do, not because people wanted him to do it. People deserved this opportunity and he believed in that.”
Gruden, who will be replaced as Raiders head coach by Rich Biccia, issued the following statement Monday night: “I have resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I love the Raiders and don’t get distracted.” Wanted to be. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff and fans of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I never intended to hurt anyone.”
Unfortunately for him, unfortunately for the team he loved, unfortunately for Carl Luck and everyone who believes in equality, racial and otherwise, in and out of the NFL, he did.
A good day for zero tolerance in the NFL. John Gruden had to leave. good riddance.