Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden allegedly made a racist remark about NFL Gamers Affiliation Govt Director DeMaurice Smith in a newly resurfaced e mail.
The e-mail, reviewed by The Wall Road Journal, was despatched in July 2011 within the midst of gamers’ and the Nationwide Soccer League’s makes an attempt to resolve a lockout. Gruden was a broadcaster for ESPN on the time.
In accordance with the newspaper, the league’s homeowners had voted to approve a brand new collective bargaining settlement, however the gamers opted out of voting on it instantly because of unresolved points with the union. The Wall Road Journal mentioned Gruden’s comment about Smith, who’s Black, used a “racist trope widespread in anti-Black imagery.”
“Dumboriss Smith has lips the scale of michellin tires,” he allegedly wrote, in line with The Wall Road Journal.
Raiders proprietor Mark Davis condemned the e-mail, saying in a assertion: “The content material of an e mail relating to DeMaurice Smith from Jon Gruden when he labored for ESPN 10 years in the past is disturbing and never what the Raiders stand for.”
Davis mentioned they discovered of the e-mail late Thursday by way of a journalist and are “reviewing it together with different supplies offered to us at the moment by the NFL. We’re addressing the matter with Coach Gruden and could have no additional remark at the moment.”
A spokesperson for the league mentioned the e-mail was “appalling, abhorrent and wholly opposite to the NFL’s values.”
“We condemn the assertion and remorse any hurt that its publication could inflict on Mr. Smith or anybody else,” the NFL mentioned.
Smith advised the newspaper: “This isn’t the primary racist remark that I’ve heard and it most likely won’t be the final. This can be a thick pores and skin job for somebody with darkish pores and skin, identical to it at all times has been for many individuals who seem like me and work in company America.”
” individuals are generally saying issues behind your again which can be racist identical to you see folks speak and write about you utilizing thinly coded and racist language,” he added. “Racism like this comes from the truth that I’m on the identical desk as they’re and so they don’t assume somebody who seems like me belongs.”
“I’m sorry my household has to see one thing like this however I might fairly they know. I cannot let it outline me,” he mentioned.
Gruden apologized for his remark, telling The Wall Road Journal he was offended over the lockout.
The coach mentioned he used to make use of the time period “rubber lips” to check with individuals who he thought have been mendacity however that he took his remark about Smith “too far.”
“I used to be upset,” Gruden mentioned. “I used a horrible approach of explaining it.”
“I don’t assume he’s dumb. I don’t assume he’s a liar,” he advised the newspaper. “I don’t have a racial bone in my physique, and I’ve confirmed that for 58 years.”