Gruden ouster over emails marks latest stain on NFL | TheHill

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Jon Gruden's resignation as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders —...
spurred by sudden fallout from reporting by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times on past emails in which the 58-year-old used racist, homophobic and mysoginistic language — is the latest demerit for the National Football League, which frequently struggles with player and coach misconduct.

The NFL is America's most popular professional sports league, but also often doubles as the country's most problematic, prompting the institution to commit considerable resources in recent years with attempts to varnish its reputation.

Last year, the league announced a 10-year, $250 million plan to help dismantle systemic racism, and the phrases "End Racism" and "It Takes All of Us" have become on-field mainstays, being stenciled at the back of endzones.

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For Pride Month this year, the NFL released a commercial that stated "Football is for everyone."

But these initiatives were overshadowed in recent days by the revelation of Gruden's derogatory emails. The first email that surfaced was reported by the Journal on Friday.

In the 2011 correspondence, Gruden said that DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, had "lips the size of michellin [sic] tires."

Late Monday, The New York Times reported on more of Gruden's emails that spanned from 2011 to 2018 when he was…
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