Raiders proprietor Mark Davis tweeted that he had accepted Gruden’s resignation.
A league supply confirmed the accuracy of the Times’ story to CNN.
The emails had been uncovered by the league and introduced to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell final week, the supply stated. The league stated on Friday that it despatched the emails to the Raiders and that it has been ready for the crew to evaluate them with Gruden.
On Friday, league spokesman Brian McCarthy stated: “The e-mail from Jon Gruden denigrating DeMaurice Smith is appalling, abhorrent and wholly opposite to the NFL’s values. We condemn the assertion and remorse any hurt that its publication could inflict on Mr. Smith or anybody else.”
CNN has reached out once more to Gruden, to the NFL and to the Raiders for remark.
Josh Krulewitz, a spokesperson for ESPN, issued the following assertion: “The feedback are clearly repugnant below any circumstance.”
What the emails stated
Gruden was one of the NFL’s highest-paid coaches, having signed a 10-year, $100 million contract with the Raiders, based on wage monitoring web site Spotrac. He first coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001, then received a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002. At the time, Gruden was 39 and then the youngest coach to win the Super Bowl.
He left the Bucs in 2008 and turned a soccer analyst for ESPN.
Gruden’s messages had been despatched whereas he was working for ESPN as a coloration analyst throughout “Monday Night Football,” the Times reported.
In one message, Gruden referred to as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a “p*ssy” and a “f*ggot,” based on the Times. In one other he referred to as Michael Sam a “queer” after the participant was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2014, and Gruden stated the league shouldn’t have pressured the crew’s then coach to draft Sam, the Times reported.
Given the contents of the emails, Gruden’s credibility in the locker room would have evaporated, NFL Network and NFL.com reporter and analyst Ian Rapoport stated Tuesday.
“How would he get up in the center of the room and lead this group of males, with a number of individuals in that locker room realizing that, privately, he makes enjoyable of them or is towards them?” Rapoport stated on CNN’s “New Day.”
“It couldn’t work. That partially explains why Jon Gruden resigned to proprietor Mark Davis and then to his employees final evening,” Rapoport stated.
On Friday, an NFL spokesperson stated the e-mail reported in the Wall Street Journal was unearthed as half of the NFL evaluate of office misconduct at the Washington Football Team.
In response to the Wall Street Journal report, Gruden stated Sunday: “All I can say is that I’m not a racist.”
He added: “I can not let you know how sick I’m. I apologize once more to De Smith, however I be ok with who I’m and what I’ve achieved my total life. I apologize for the insensitive remarks. I had no racial intentions with these remarks in any respect.”
Rich Bisaccia, the Raiders’ particular groups coordinator and assistant head coach, can be the interim head coach, efficient instantly, the crew stated.
CNN’s Jill Martin and Jason Hanna contributed to this report.