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Jon Gruden resigns as Raiders coach over offensive emails

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden stands on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL...
Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden stands on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Las Vegas.(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Published: Oct. 11, 2021 at 8:19 PM CDT
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LAS VEGAS (AP/KWCH) - Jon Gruden is out as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after emails he sent before being hired in 2018 contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments.

Gruden released a statement Monday night that he is stepping down after The New York Times reported that Gruden frequently used misogynistic and homophobic language directed at Commissioner Roger Goodell and others in the NFL.

It was a rapid downfall for Gruden, who is in the fourth year of a 10-year, $100 million contract he signed with the Raiders in 2018. It started on Friday when the Wall Street Journal reported that Gruden used a racist term to describe NFL union chief DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 email to former Washington executive Bruce Allen. The Times showed Gruden denounced the drafting of a gay player and the tolerance of players protesting during the playing of the national anthem among other issues.

The Raiders hired Gruden in 2018 before their move to Las Vegas. No word yet on who will now lead the Chiefs’ divisional rival.

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