Who came off worse in the Jon Gruden controversy – the lightning rod former coach of the Las Vegas Raiders or the egg-faced National Football League? This could come down to a coin toss.
Gruden was forced to resign Monday following its revelation, according the To The New York Times, that he “used misogynistic and homophobic language for years, a review of his emails shows. He denounced the emergence of women referees, the drafting of a gay player and the tolerance of protests during the national anthem.”
In one email after the then-St. Louis Rams drafted Michael Sam from Missouri, Gruden said they should not have been pressured into drafting “queers.” The ex-coach also called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a “faggot” and “clueless anti football pussy.” In light of cancel culture and the power the LGBT movement has to destroy careers over their word choices, those were reckless things to write down.
Gruden also criticized NFL Players Association President DeMaurice Smith for having lips the size of “Michelin tires.” Smith is black and that was another very stupid thing to say. Gruden attempted to make it seem like he was joking by saying that he used the term “rubber lips”, when he accused people of lying.
In a 2012 email exchange with former Washington executive Bruce Allen, Gruden referred to current President Joe Biden as a “nervous clueless pussy”. Denouncing a high-profile Democrat is sacrilege to the left-stream media and won’t win many friends.
Gruden is not the only one who’s trying to get away from the NFL.
“Every rapper the NFL has performing at the Super Bowl has more offensive lyrics than Jon Gruden had in his emails. How can the NFL make the distinction in treatment acceptable? All sports media, if they were true journalists, would have these questions.
“I have no problem with rap lyrics, by the way, just like I have no problem with Dave Chappelle’s comedy routines. If you don’t like something, don’t watch or listen yourself. But canceling performers you don’t like is the antithesis of America’s marketplace of ideas.”
Then there’s the NFL’s Deshaun Watson scandal. He continues to receive his $177 million salary, even though his team has dropped him. He’s been accused of sexually assaulting 24 women.
Watson is currently eligible to play in the NFL, Travis said. “Yet Jon Gruden was just forced to resign as a coach because of years-old derogatory emails. Acts are more significant than words. Now it’s the opposite.”
Mike Florio, on NBC’s Pro Football Talk, said: “With the Texans content to pay him to not play and with Watson content to not play and get paid for it, the NFL has no reason to do anything about it. He’s already on paid leave.” Another beautiful scar for the NFL’s battered faces.
How bout the Urban Meyer mess, too? On camera, the Jacksonville coach (0-5), touched a female below her waist. The incident is being investigated by his team, but not the NFL. His previous coaching job at Ohio State was disgraced when he learned that an assistant coach had sexually assaulted his wife. He, like many others, found refuge in the NFL.
It’s just another day, another shameful day for the NFL. What’s the verdict on this coin toss?