DeMaurice Smith: Jon Gruden email scandal confirms 'fight against racism' not over

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NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith tweeted Monday the controversy around Jon Gruden's racist 2011 email, which was uncovered last week, was more than just some words.
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said Monday the controversy around Jon Gruden's racist email from 2011, which was uncovered last week, was more than just some words.

Smith took to Twitter to say Gruden's words and the reaction to the controversy were more about how Black people in general get treated in a lesser manner than everyone else.

"The email from Jon Gruden – and some of the reaction to it – confirms that the fight against racism, racist tropes and intolerance is not over. This is not about an email as much as it is about a pervasive belief by some that people who look like me can be treated as less," Smith started off.

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"The email has also revealed why the comments by some with powerful platforms to explain this away are insidious and hypocritical. It is as if there is a need to protect football above the values of equality, inclusion and respect."

"The powerful in our business have to embrace that football itself has to be better, as opposed to making excuses to maintain the status quo."

Gruden has said he has been trying to reach out to Smith to apologize. Smith said he received the Las Vegas Raiders' coach's messages.

"I appreciate that he reached out to me & I told him that we will connect soon, but make no mistake, the news is not about what is said in our private conversation, but what else is said by people who never thought they would be exposed and how they are going to be held to account," Smith tweeted.

Gruden addressed the saga Sunday, after the Raiders' loss to the Chicago…
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