He led the Buccaneers to the franchise’s first Super Bowl title within the 2002 season, beating the then-Oakland Raiders, however has now been removed from the crew’s ring of honor membership.
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have advocated for purposeful change within the areas of race relations, gender equality, range and inclusion for a few years,” the crew stated in a press release.
“While we acknowledge Jon Gruden’s contributions on the sphere, his actions go in opposition to our core values as a company. Therefore, he’ll not proceed to be a member of the Buccaneers Ring of Honor.”
Critics had referred to as for Gruden, who has coached the Raiders because the starting of the 2018 season, to be fired since The Wall Street Journal reported he used racially insensitive language to explain NFL Players Association (NFLPA) govt director DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 electronic mail.
On Monday, the New York Times reported it reviewed extra emails and located Gruden denounced ladies being employed as on-field officers, a crew drafting an brazenly homosexual participant and the tolerance for nationwide anthem protesters.
The Times stated the emails have been despatched to Bruce Allen, the previous president of the Washington Football Team, over a seven-year interval, inflicting many to query why he was allowed to remain in his function for thus lengthy. Allen was fired by the group in December 2019.
On Friday, an NFL spokesperson stated the e-mail reported within the Wall Street Journal was unearthed as half of an NFL overview of office misconduct on the Washington Football Team that happened this summer season.
CNN has reached out once more to Gruden, the NFL and the Raiders for remark.
A spokesperson from the NFLPA advised CNN the union plans to request that the NFL make public the complete discovering of the investigation into office misconduct throughout the Washington Football Team.
“It took a very long time for the league to acknowledge that that they had not listened to the gamers and addressed their issues about why gamers have been kneeling or why gamers have been actively changing into engaged in social justice points,” he stated.
“Maybe there’s the potential right here for recognizing that there are individuals inside our system that have interaction in or help concepts that we all know are inconsistent with equity and justice and equality, and perhaps if we are able to embrace that faster, then it offers us a possibility to know and repair what I consider are systemic issues in numerous hiring within the league.”
‘That sh*t would not fly’
The NFL’s reigning Most Valuable Player, Aaron Rodgers, weighed in on Gruden’s resignation, saying: “Those opinions haven’t got a spot within the recreation.”
“Hopefully, we are able to all as a league be taught and develop from this. Hopefully, it places individuals on discover who’ve some of those self same opinions. Like: ‘Hey man, it is time to develop and evolve and alter and join.’ That sh*t would not fly.”
And Green Bay Packers quarterback Rodgers believes that the views expressed in Gruden’s emails aren’t ones which are felt in locker rooms across the league.
“I can say with actual honesty and pleasure that I do not really feel like these are opinions which are shared by gamers,” the 37-year-old stated.
“I really feel like within the locker room it is a close-knit group of guys, and we do not deal with individuals in another way based mostly on the way in which that they discuss, the place they’re from, what they’re into, what they appear to be, and I’m proud of that.”