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The Media Isn’t Satisfied With Just Getting NFL Coach Jon Gruden Fired for His Emails

NFL head coach Jon Gruden announced Monday that he was resigning from the Las Vegas Raiders following a New York Times report revealing offensive emails he once sent, but many in the media demanded a full-blown purge.


You can never be “canceled” enough for some progressives.


In Gruden’s resignation statement, he apologized for the emails, which he sent to then-Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen and others between 2011 and 2018, and said he didn’t want to be a “distraction.”

The Times reported Friday that Gruden, then an ESPN analyst, described NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith as “Dumboriss Smith” and said he “has lips the size of michellin tires” in a 2011 email to Allen.

  • In a follow-up report Monday, the Times said the offending remarks had been uncovered as part of an NFL investigation into workplace misconduct by the Washington Football Team, which involved the review of more than 650,000 emails.
  • The Times also reported Monday that in other emails Gruden called NFL league commissioner Roger Goodell, a “f*ggot” and a “clueless anti football pussy.”
  • Gruden, who coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory in 2002, also expressed disdain for having women referee NFL games, players who protested the national anthem and Michael Sam, an openly gay player who was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 2014.

“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 said on Twitter in response to the news. “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.”


In opinion essays and on Twitter, journalists reacted to Gruden’s exit with calls for all the bigots in the NFL to be exposed and expelled.

Many liberal commentators said Gruden’s comments validated racism allegations against the league by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and social justice activist Colin Kaepernick, whose name was trending on Monday.

Others saw Gruden’s delayed ouster, following the second batch of email revelations, as confirmation of comedian Dave Chappelle’s controversial remarks that killing a black man is less offensive than mocking a gay person.

Meanwhile, the Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh and others on the right argued Gruden’s offensives did not warrant a firing and that he was being held to a double standard.


In recent years, the NFL has sought to present itself as safer, more inclusive and friendlier to progressive causes – a stance which has alienated much of the fanbase.

  • A 2016 Rasmussen study found that nearly one-third of Americans were tuning out of NFL games over racial justice protests on the field.