Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said he was among many players who were “shocked” to hear Gruden’s comments a decade ago. Carr said Gruden solved the problem and presented the side of the story at a team meeting in the morning before breaking the story.
“He was honest,” Carr said. “He was at the front with it, and we were as a team, ‘Yes, Coach, it was 10 years ago. We love you, man. We’ve got you back.’ … He told us, ‘Men, Learn from my mistakes. ‘ I don’t want to go into detail about what he told us, but when we walked out of that meeting, we didn’t accept how we got out of it.
Carr and his teammates rejected the notion that Gruden’s controversy affected their game against the Bears. Las Vegas made 10 penalties for 82 yards and could not touchdown until the fourth quarter.
“I don’t think it had anything to do with (Gruden),” Josh Jacobs, running back, said of the performance. “I have been with this man for three years. I’ve never had a specific feeling about him, you know what I’m talking about? She never rubbed me in a certain way, kind of like that. He said what he said … but I must believe him. And I mean, it was 10 years ago. People lead. “
The leader of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a watchdog group that is a champion of diversity in the NFL, said Gruden’s comments about Smith hinted at racism throughout professional sports. Coalition executive director Rod Graves also hinted at seeking discipline for Gruden.
Graves, executive director of the Alliance, said in a statement: “John Gruden’s insensitive remarks about De Gris Smith indicate racism that exists in many professional sports.” “Furthermore, it reveals that the sporting journey of African Americans and other minorities is, at the highest level, confused by irresistible mentality.
“It is our hope that league and team ownership will resolve this issue in a manner consistent with this painful term. Lacking respect for the intellectual capacity and leadership of minorities, this is another confusing issue in this dark society. When will it end? “
The league is looking into the matter, and two people familiar with the investigation told the Associated Press that it was possible to take disciplinary action against Gruden, although one person said the suspension was suspicious. Both men spoke on condition of anonymity because no league search details were released.
The Gruden Riders got a slightly clearer response from the home crowd when he took to the field at Elegant Stadium on Sunday, but the crowd roared after Gruden was masterminded for the offense against the Chicago defense just 259 yards away. After starting Aid-0, the Raiders lost two in a row, Gruden 201. Their best since returning to the franchise in.
Coalition promotes the inclusion and advancement of minorities from coaches to front office and league executive positions.
Gruden’s comments came in an email to then-Washington football team president Bruce Allen during the 2011 NFL lockout of players. Gruden told the newspaper that he was angry about the lockout during the labor talks and did not believe in the direction the union was taking. He also apologized for the comment, the journal reported.
“Damboris Smith has the shape of a Michelin tire on his lips,” Gruden wrote in an email reviewed.
Riders owner Mark Davis said in a statement Friday that Gruden’s emails do not reflect the team’s standards.
“The content of an email about Demris Smith from John Gruden while working for ESPN 10 years ago is boring and not what riders mean,” Davis said. “Early yesterday we alerted the first reporter about an email and the NFL is reviewing it today along with other materials provided to us. We are dealing with Coach Gruden and there will be no further comment at this time.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Friday that during a review of workplace misconduct emails to the Washington football team over the summer, the league was informed of the existence of emails that raised issues beyond the scope of the investigation.
He added: “John Gruden’s insulting email to Demris Smith is horrific, disgusting and completely contrary to NFL standards. We condemn the statement and regret that its publication could harm Mr. Smith or anyone else.”