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Jon Gruden Out as Raiders Coach After Racist and Homophobic Emails Surface

The now-former Las Vegas Raiders coach used multiple derogatory slurs when referring to commissioner Roger Goodell, a New York Times report found

Jon Gruden used racist and homophobic slurs in emails during his days as a broadcaster for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” a New York Times report found.

Shortly after the story came out on Monday, Gruden stepped down as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, NFL reporter Tom Pelissero and SportsCenter reported Monday.

The Times’ story comes a few days after an email that Gruden sent in 2011 surfaced, in which he used racist terms to denounce DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association. When asked about it over the weekend, Gruden admitted he went too far but said he didn’t have “a blade of racism” in his body.

But the Times found multiple instances of Gruden using derogatory terms in emails with those around the league, including former Washington Football Team executive Bruce Allen. In the emails, Gruden criticized players who knelt during the National Anthem, denounced the hiring of female referees and in at least one instance, said that teams shouldn’t be pressured to draft “queers” (a reference to Michael Sam, who came out as gay shortly before he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams).

The emails were sent between 2011 and 2018, during Gruden’s time as a broadcaster for ESPN. “The comments are clearly repugnant under any circumstance,” an ESPN spokesperson said in an emailed statement to TheWrap on Monday.

In the emails, Gruden referred to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as a “faggot” and “anti-football pussy” and said that former player Eric Reid, who along with Colin Kaepernick was one of the most notable players who protested during the National Anthem, should be fired.

Gruden was hired by the then-Oakland Raiders, where he was the head coach from 1998 to 2001, before the 2018 season. The team moved to Las Vegas last year.

A representative for the Raiders did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.