Gruden announced his departure in a statement posted to the official Las Vegas Raiders Twitter page.
“I have resigned as Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders,” reads the statement. “I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”
“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.”
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) October 12, 2021
Allegations of offensive emails were first reported on Friday by the Wall Street Journal. In the report, it was claimed that Gruden had used racist language to describe the executive director of the NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith.
Fresh allegations were then shared in The New York Times, exposing numerous emails of a racist, homophobic and misogynistic nature.
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