Jon Gruden resigns as Las Vegas Raiders head coach after reports he used bigoted language

Jon Gruden announced that he’s resigned as Las Vegas Raiders’ head coach Monday.

Why it matters: The New York Times reported earlier Monday that Gruden used homophobic and misogynistic language in emails over a roughly seven-year period that ended in 2018, in addition to racist remarks that emerged last week.

The NFL criticized him on Friday for sending a 2011 email when he worked for ESPN that used a “racist trope to denigrate DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association,” the Washington Post notes. He apologized for that email while denying that he’s racist.

What he’s saying: “I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction,” Gruden said. “Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”

Of note: Although Gruden was not with a team at the time he sent the newly uncovered emails, he had great influence in the league, having won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following the 2002 season, the NYT notes.

He was hired for a second time as the Raiders franchise head coach in 2018. Carl Nassib, who became in June the first active NFL player in history to come out as gay, plays for the Las Vegas Raiders.

Editor’s note: This a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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