LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas Raiders fans bid farewell to head coach Jon Gruden.
Gruden officially announced his resignation as Raiders head coach on Monday.
“I have resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders,” Gruden said in a… pronunciationReleased by the team. “I love Raiders and don’t want to be distracted. We are grateful to all Raider Nation players, coaches, staff, and fans. Sorry, I didn’t mean to cause any harm.
Gruden’s resignation took place about one hour after The New York Times. releasedA report detailing Gruden’s use of homophobic, racially sensitive and misogynistic words in emails between 2010 and 2018, when he joined the Raiders.
Gruden used abusive language in the emails toward gay players and female referees.
“Now that we really know the real Gruden, I say, ‘Hey, don’t let the door hit you when you leave, mate,’” said Cisco Ortega, president of The Black Hole Las Vegas Chapter.
“As a coach of a football team, as a leader of men, you have to hold yourself to a higher standard, and there has to be accountability. He thinks about all those things he said and all those things he emailed,” said John Vizcarra, vice president of The Black Hole Las Vegas Chapter.
Some Raiders fans that we spoke to expressed disgust at the emails.
“It’s just like, how do I say those things about people?” Ortega described it as “really disappointing”.
Others understood the importance of diversity and called his decision to leave the NFL the right one.
Let’s face facts. It’s obvious that 75% of the locker room’s members are black. The comments made in the emails seem to be racist. One has to wonder how that locker room will react. TC Martin, a sports radio host said this.
This is what the franchise stands behind, Vizcarra said. Vizcarra said that it is inclusive, and that there is a place for everyone regardless of orientation, gender, or creed.
The Times reports that more than 650,000 emails had been reviewed by NFL executives in the course of an investigation into Washington’s football team workplace.
Gruden’s resignation saw the Raiders become ex-Raiders announcedRich Bisaccia, interim head coach, will take over immediately.
Alyssa Bethencourt from KTNV reported the story for the first time.