Gruden resigned on Monday after reviews emerged of him utilizing homophobic, racist and misogynistic language in emails whereas he labored as an ESPN analyst.
Russell, who got here out as bisexual in 2019 and who performed for the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, instructed CNN’s New Day that he was heartbroken when he heard in regards to the emails and stated resignation was the naked minimal the league ought to settle for.
“I do not suppose it is enough, I believe it is reactive of the investigation of what is taking place,” Russell stated Tuesday.
“I believe the subsequent step that the league must take is being proactive in ensuring that the coaches that they rent, the gamers that they draft, the group that they type are being inclusive, are being supportive and are held to that commonplace not when issues come to gentle however on a regular basis.
“That’s accountability, doing the precise factor when nobody is trying. The integrity degree is what is being challenged right here.”
Critics had referred to as for Gruden, who has coached the Raiders for the reason that starting of the 2018 season, to be fired since The Wall Street Journal reported he used racially insensitive language to explain NFL Players Association govt director DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 e-mail.
On Monday, the New York Times reported it reviewed extra emails and located Gruden denounced girls being employed as on-field officers, a workforce drafting an brazenly homosexual participant and the tolerance for nationwide anthem protesters.
The Times stated the emails had 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 position 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 a part of an NFL evaluate of office misconduct on the Washington Football Team that befell this summer time.
CNN has reached out once more to Gruden, the NFL and the Raiders for remark.
‘That’s not acceptable’
“Jon Gruden wasn’t sending these emails to himself, there have been different those that knew about it,” Russell added.
“There had been different those that had been concerned throughout the league and this went unchecked for years so no, resigning is not accountability, it is not enough — it is one thing reactive.”
The Raiders launched an announcement wherein Gruden introduced his resignation, saying: “I’m sorry, I by no means meant to harm anybody.”
The assertion has been criticized for not addressing all of the subjects that Gruden had coated within the emails.
“To say he did not imply to harm anybody, that is not acceptable,” Russell stated.
“You know, nowadays, what these phrases imply, what that says to your character, what that says to your group and what that may do to your legacy.
“You damage individuals, you damage actually everybody, and there is no assertion that you would be able to put out that may take that again.”
‘Uncover the actual ideas of Jon Gruden’
“How would Jon Gruden, after sending that homophobic e-mail, with gamers figuring out that is what he actually thinks, how would he arise in the midst of the room and lead this group of males with a number of individuals in that locker room figuring out that, privately, he makes enjoyable of them or is in opposition to them?” Rapoport stated.
“It may not work. That partially explains why Jon Gruden resigned to proprietor Mark Davis after which to his employees final night time.”
Rapoport says hundreds of emails from the investigation have but to be made public and is uncertain who else could possibly be caught up in an analogous scenario.
“The report has not been made public. Most of those emails have not been made public,” he stated.
“Are they going to be or are we going to seek out out the key contents of leaders’ emails that comply with this sample?”
Given the work the league has carried out to be extra inclusive in recent times, Rapoport says many in the neighborhood are simply relieved Gruden has determined to resign from his position.
“This is a person, who publicly was one factor — he appeared to be a form of jovial, kooky chief — these emails clearly uncover the actual ideas of Jon Gruden,” he stated.
“I believe there are lots of people questioning — gamers, executives of coloration, many whom I spoke to final night time, coaches of coloration, or simply people — simply questioning if this individual is going to get what he deserves.
“Is there going to be accountability? Are you simply allowed to do that?
“I believe when John Gurden resigned, a number of of the individuals I spoke with merely stated, ‘OK good, this is what it ought to be.'”
CNN’s Steve Almasy contributed reporting.