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‘I’m not like that at all’: NFL coach Jon Gruden denies being racist again after defeat in Las Vegas Raiders first game since the comments were revealed

Oct 11, 2021

‘I’m not like that at all’: NFL coach Jon Gruden denies being racist again after defeat in Las Vegas Raiders first game since the comments were revealed Las Vegas – Jon Gruden once again declared he was not racist after his Las Vegas Raiders lost their first game since the head was revealed 2011 coach’s racial remark about players’ union leader DeMaurice Smith. Gruden apologized for his “insensitive remarks” when asked about emails ten years old after the Raiders’ 20-9 loss to the Chicago Bears. A Wall Street Journal article last week noted that Gruden, then with ESPN, racistically referred to Smith’s facial features in an email. “I’m not a racist,” Gruden said. “I can’t tell you how sick I am. I apologize again to Dr. Smith, but I feel good with who I am and what I’ve been doing my whole life.… I hadn’t had to. no racial intent with those remarks at all. I’m not like that at all. I apologize. I don’t want to keep talking about it. “ Gruden ended his press conference after a series of questions about the emails and his behavior. He said he had not been contacted by the NFL about the remark, but “we’ll see what happens here in the next few days.” Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden speaks at a press conference following his team’s 20-9 loss to the Chicago Bears on October 10, 2021 in Las Vegas. Rick Scuteri / AP “I’m not going to answer all of these questions today,” Gruden said. “I think I’ve touched on it before. I don’t remember a lot of things that happened 10 or 12 years ago, but I’m standing here in front of everyone to apologize. I know I am. don’t have a shred of racism in me. I’m a guy who takes pride in leading people together, and I will continue to do so for the rest of my life. “ CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora reports that “no discipline is imminent” but that if Gruden is disciplined for this and other emails sent at the time, on different topics, it could include a additional training on diversity and inclusion, according to John of CBS Sports. Cylinder head. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said he was among many players who were “shocked” to hear Gruden’s comment ten years ago. Carr said Gruden addressed the issue and gave his side of the story at a team meeting the morning before the story broke. “He was honest,” Carr said. “He was blunt with that, and we as a team were like, ‘Yeah, coach, that was 10 years ago. We love you, man. We support you.’ … He told us, “Men, learn from my mistake.” I don’t want to go into the details of what he told us, but when we left this meeting, we didn’t take it as the way that happened. “ Carr and his teammates dismissed the idea that the Gruden controversy affected their game against the Bears. Las Vegas committed 10 penalties for 82 yards and couldn’t score a touchdown until the fourth quarter. “I don’t think it has anything to do with (Gruden),” running back Josh Jacobs said of the performance. “I’ve been around this guy for three years now. I never felt a certain type of way about him, you know what I’m saying? He never rubbed me in a certain way, like that guy in a way. . What he said is what he said … but I really trust him. And I mean, that was 10 years ago. People are growing up. “ Punishment in order? The head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a watchdog group that advocates for diversity in the NFL, said Gruden’s remark about Smith was indicative of racism in professional sports. Rod Graves, the Alliance’s executive director, also hinted at seeking discipline for Gruden. “Jon Gruden’s callous remarks about DeMaurice Smith are indicative of the racism that exists at many levels of professional sport,” Graves, executive director of the Alliance, said in a statement. Further, it reveals that the journey of African Americans and other minorities in sport is fraught with overwhelming mindsets at the highest level. “We hope that league and team ownership will address this issue with a remedy commensurate with those painful words. It’s yet another inflection point in a society full of cynical social blinders, with no respect for intellectual capacity and leadership of minorities. When will this end? “ The league is investigating the matter and two people familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that disciplinary action is possible for Gruden, although one person said a suspension was questionable. The two spoke on condition of anonymity as details of any league investigation are not being made public. Gruden received little noticeable reaction from the Raiders crowd when he took the field on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium, but the crowd grumbled after Gruden’s offense managed to pass 259 yards against the defense of Chicago. The Raiders have lost two games in a row after getting off to a 3-0 start, their best since Gruden returned to the franchise in 2018. The Alliance promotes the inclusion and advancement of minorities in professional football, from coaches to leadership and leadership positions in the league. Gruden’s comment in an email to Washington football president Bruce Allen came during the 2011 NFL lockdown of players. Gruden told the newspaper he was angry with the lockout during collective bargaining and did not trust the direction the union was taking. He also apologized for the remark, the Journal reported. “Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin tires,” Gruden wrote in the email reviewed by the newspaper. Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement Friday that Gruden’s email did not reflect the team’s standards. “The content of an email regarding Jon Gruden’s DeMaurice Smith when he worked for ESPN 10 years ago is disturbing and that’s not what the Raiders stand for,” said Davis. “We were first informed of the email late yesterday by a reporter and are reviewing it along with other material provided to us today by the NFL. We are discussing the matter with the coach Gruden and we will have no further comments at this time. “ In a review of emails regarding Washington football team misconduct that ended over the summer, “the league was made aware of the existence of emails raising issues beyond the scope of this investigation, “NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said on Friday. He added that “Jon Gruden’s email disparaging DeMaurice Smith is appalling, obnoxious and totally contrary to NFL values. We condemn the statement and regret any harm its publication may inflict on Mr. Smith or anyone else. “ Trends News

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