(FiveNation.com)- Las Vegas Raiders head coach John Gruden resigned this week after a number of old emails in which he used “racist,” “misogynistic,” and “homophobic” language were leaked to the New York Times.
The New York Times got its hands on the emails, some from as long ago as 2011, in which Gruden mocked the drafting of the first openly gay player in NFL history, expressed opposition to female officials in the NFL, used the female anatomy as an insult, and called for the release of players protesting during the national anthem.
What are the odds that every other coach in the NFL has his own decade-old paper trail of inappropriate language and disparaging remarks?
What are the odds that the vast majority of people in America have written vulgar things in emails from time to time?
But in this day and age when off-the-cuff remarks in ten-year-old emails or Facebook posts are treated like the worst thing since the Son of Sam, it shouldn’t come as a shock that Gruden was forced to resign.
The hunt for Gruden’s emails began last week when it was revealed he sent an email describing a black player as having “lips the size of michellin [sic] tires.” Gruden tried to stop the inevitable by issuing a groveling apology and denying that he was a racist.
But once the New York Times opened the floodgates, no apology was going to make a difference.
The Times report chronicled some of the remarks Gruden made in these emails – many of which, while vulgar, have a ring of truth.
In one nine-year-old email, Gruden referred to then-Vice President Joe Biden as a “nervous clueless pussy.”
Mean? A little. Accurate? Absolutely.
Accuracy aside, the New York Times story sealed his fate.
Monday night, Gruden, who was in the fourth year of a 10-year, $100 million contract, released a statement announcing that he had resigned as head coach of the Raiders, saying that he did not want to be a distraction to the team. He thanked the team, his fellow coaches and staff, as well as the fans and offered one last apology, saying “I never meant to hurt anyone.”