The NFL has seen its first head coaching change of the season, and it is coming on the heels of a scandal: Jon Gruden, who has led the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders since 2018, resigned on Monday after a series of offense emails emerged.
The Raiders shared the following statement on behalf of Gruden on Monday afternoon, after initial reports broke that he would step down from his position:
I have resigned as Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.
Team owner Mark Davis later also released a statement a short time later:
I have accepted Jon Gruden’s resignation as Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.
The first email was revealed last week, when the Wall Street Journal reported that Gruden wrote a racist tope about NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith back in 2011. On Monday, the situation reached a new level: the New York Times revealed that the NFL, which was investigating Gruden, was in possession of several other emails which included racist, homophobic and misogynist comments.
The 58-year-old reportedly called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a homophobic name, criticized female officials and players kneeling during the national anthem. He furthermore bemoaned the then-St. Louis Rams drafting an openly gay player, Michael Sam, in 2014.
Gruden, who already led the club between 1998 and 2011, returned to the Raiders in 2018 on a 10-year, $100 million contract. During his three seasons since re-joining the Silver and Black, he led the team to a 22-31 record, including a 3-2 record this year.
With Gruden gone, special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia will take over as interim head coach.