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Jon Gruden removed from Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor following resignation

Gruden resigned after studies emerged of him utilizing homophobic, racist and misogynistic language in emails whereas he labored as an ESPN analyst.

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.”

Gruden speaks during a news conference.

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.

Smith told USA Today that there’s “potential for good” to come back from this case.

“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.”

Smith speaks during a press conference ahead of Super Bowl 55.

‘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.”

“It was shocking to see that the factor went so rapidly, however I feel that was most likely one of the best choice for all events concerned,” he said on The Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday.

“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.”

NFL reporter Ian Rapoport told CNN on Tuesday that Gruden had no different possibility however to resign as head coach, saying he had misplaced his credibility throughout the Raiders locker room, particularly on condition that Carl Nassib — who grew to become the primary lively NFL participant in league historical past to announce that he’s homosexual earlier this 12 months — performs for the crew.
Rodgers on the field pregame against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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.”

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