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Out in disgrace: Raiders’ Jon Gruden resigns amid controversy

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 By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has resigned. He was forced into “parting ways” with the team following controversy that included leaked emails.

The NFL wanted the Raiders to fire Gruden last week. However, when they refused to do so, the league through the New York Times leaked more emails that forced the Raiders hand. 

“I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction,” Gruden said in a statement. “Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”

Raiders owner Mark Davis, who accepted Gruden’s resignation, hasannounced that Rich Bisaccia will serve as the interim head coach for the rest of the season.

Instead of being a distraction, Gruden, the one-time Super Bowl winning coach, stepped aside following the NY Times story that leaked information that he used misogynistic and anti-gay language in emails dating back several years. This came to light during the league’s investigation into the Washington Football Team.

On Friday, the WallStreet Journal released a story that showed Gruden making racial statements against DeMaurice Smith, who leads the NFL Players Association. When these emails were sent, Gruden was an analyst for Monday Night Football.

This season, the Raiders were 3-2. After starting the season on a three-game win streak, the team has dropped their last two games.

Bisaccia takes over the reins before their road game this Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

The 58-year-old Gruden had been the Raiders head coach since the 2018 season. He had agreed to a 10-year, $100-million deal to leave broadcasting to work with his friend Davis.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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