The Tampa Bay Buccaneers introduced on Tuesday that they will remove former Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden from their Ring of Honor after The New York Times reported that he made racist, misogynistic and homophobic feedback directed at Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association govt director DeMaurice Smith, amongst others.
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have advocated for purposeful change in the areas of race relations, gender equality, diversity, and inclusion for many years,” the team stated in an announcement. “While we acknowledge Jon Gruden’s contributions on the field, his actions go against our core values as an organization. Therefore, he will no longer continue to be a member of the Buccaneers Ring of Honor.”
Gruden, who was within the fourth yr of a 10-year, $100 million contract, launched an announcement following the choice to resign.
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“I have resigned as Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders,” Gruden stated. “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.”
Gruden, who coached Tampa Bay from 2002 to 2008, led the Bucs to a Super Bowl XXXVII victory over the then-Oakland Raiders. He completed with a 57-55 general report throughout his time with the Bucs.
Gruden was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor in 2017.
Raiders proprietor Mark Davis stated final week that the e-mail about Smith was “disturbing and not what the Raiders stand for” and stated the team was reviewing the extra correspondence.
Raiders assistant coach Rich Bisaccia was named the team’s interim head coach.
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.
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