Jon Gruden Is the NFL

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fairly easy
The now-former coach needed to be awfully comfortable to send those racist and homophobic emails.
Jon Gruden, emails that he sent over several years have revealed, is a spitting image of the worst stereotype you had in your head of a meathead, authoritarian football coach.

First, the racism: On Friday, the Wall Street Journal surfaced a 2011 email in which Gruden, then a Monday Night Football analyst, said that NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith had "lips the size of michellin tires," and called the union leader "Dumboriss." By the day the story published, Gruden had been the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders since 2018, on his second tour of duty with the franchise. He apologized and claimed he had not "a blade of racism in me." The Raiders did not punish him, and he coached the team in a loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon.

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Then, on Monday, the homophobia and misogyny: The New York Times published excerpts from more Gruden emails sent over parts of seven years, up to 2018. Gruden called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell the anti-gay slur "f––––t" and a "clueless anti football pussy" and criticized him for pushing the St. Louis Rams to draft "queers," a clear reference to 2014 draftee Michael Sam, the first out gay player that an NFL team had ever picked. The emails were part of exchanges with former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen. Gruden's brother Jay coached that team from 2014 to 2019, and Allen and Jon Gruden had worked together during Gruden's first stint coaching the Raiders, from 1998 to 2001. The NFL discovered the emails between the two men during…
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