Andre Rison, Who played for the Oakland Raiders in 2002, says John Gruden, The former head coach of the Las Vegas Riders is not racist.
Among the leaked racist, sexist and gay emails from Gruden, Rison says TMZ“We all say things behind closed doors that we regret or we don’t say in public. We all made mistakes.”
He continued, “I believe who he said and what he said and for whom he intended it, it is for that person and not for anyone else.”
Reason also sent a direct message to Gruden, “You have already given this game some of the best education and the best leadership you can possibly give. Enjoy it. “
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John Gruden has officially resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Riders after multiple emails were leaked in which he repeatedly used homophobic and mesogenetic language.
According to CBS Sports, Gruden was already under investigation by the NFL for an email in 2011 where he used an ethnic troupe to criticize the executive director of the NFL Players Association. DeMaris Smith. Gruden also used foul language to describe the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
In an Oct. 11 statement, Gruden, 58, said: “I have resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Riders. “I love Riders and don’t want to be distracted. Thanks to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Ryder Nation. I’m sorry, I never wanted to hurt anyone.”
Owner of the aggressor Mark Davis Gruden’s resignation accepted.
New York Times Reports that Gruden’s controversial behavior extends beyond that comment. According to the newspaper, he “casually and frequently published misogynistic and homophobic language” to denigrate NFL peers from 2010 to 2018, when he rejoined the Raiders.
CBS Sports reported that the NFL was “waiting for the Raiders to take action” and that Las Vegas was ready to “take this step” if it did not address the situation outside of public condemnation.