LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas Raiders fans are saying goodbye to head coach Jon Gruden.
Gruden officially announced his resignation as Raiders head coach on Monday.
Gruden stated in a statement that “I have resigned from my position as head coach for the Las Vegas Raiders.” statementThe team released me. “I love the Raiders, and don’t want to be a distraction. We are grateful to all Raider Nation players, coaches, staff and fans. Sorry, I did not mean to cause any harm.
Gruden’s resignation occurred just over an 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. Gruden rejoined Raiders in 2018.
Gruden used offensive language toward gay players and female referees in the emails.
“Now that we really know the real Gruden, I say, ‘Hey, don’t let the door hit you on your way out, buddy,’” 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’s got to be thinking of all those things he said and all those things he emailed,” said John Vizcarra, vice president of The Black Hole Las Vegas chapter.
We heard from Raiders fans who were horrified by the email news.
“It’s like, how do you say those things about people? It’s just very disappointing,” Ortega said.
Others recognized the importance of diversity in the NFL and called his departure the right decision.
“Let’s be honest. When you have 75% that the locker room is Black and these comments are in a racist form, from what we’ve heard with the emails, you got to wonder what is that reaction in that locker room?” said sports radio host TC Martin.
“This is what the franchise stands up for to me. That it’s inclusive and that it’s a place for everything and regardless of orientation, of gender, of belief,” Vizcarra said.
The Times reports that more than 650,000 emails were viewed by NFL executives in the course of an investigation into Washington’s football team.
Gruden’s resignation saw the Raiders become ex-Raiders announcedRich Bisaccia will be acting as interim head coach.
This story was first reported on by Alyssa Bethencourt of KTNV.