Jon Gruden, Oakland Raiders Head Coach, stated that he did not send an email 10 years ago with racist intent.
The Wall Street Journal reported for the first time that Gruden used a racial trope to refer to DeMaurice Smith, president of the NFL Players Association.
Smith, who is Black, was reportedly described by him as having “lips that are the size of michellin.” [sic]Tires
Gruden claimed he didn’t have a racist thought while sending the email. Gruden said that he was frustrated at the league at the moment.
Gruden declared Sunday that “all I can say is that I’m no racist.”
Gruden seems to be standing beside the players.
“Us as a group, we’re like, “Yeah Coach, it’s 10 years ago. We love you, man. Carr said, “We got you back.” according to ESPN.
Despite Sunday’s defeat, the players appear ready to move past the controversy.
“All the guys talked about how they felt about it and how they felt. [Gruden]Treats the players. He is a coach for the players. It was a bit of a ‘just overanalyzing’ situation for everyone. It won’t affect it because our guys, they’re led together,” ESPN quoted Josh Jacobs, Raiders running back.
Gruden also said that he offered an apology for Smith’s actions to Smith and the rest of the team.
“I can’t even tell you how sick i am. De Smith needs to know that I’m sorry. But I am proud of who I am and what I have done throughout my life. Gruden apologized for any insensitive remarks he made.