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Keyshawn Johnson calls former coach Jon Gruden a ‘fraud’

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Jon Gruden’s career in the NFL may be over after leaked emails came out recently. He was forced to resign as the Las Vegas Raiders head coach on Monday night.

One of his former players is not a fan of the coach. Former star wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson did not mix words with how he felt about Gruden during his radio show, “Keyshawn, JWill & Max,” on ESPN Radio.

ESPN Personality Keyshawn Johnson talks on set before the last regular-season game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons
Keyshawn Johnson talks on set before the last regular-season game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons (Getty Images)

“I didn’t know that Jon would say things like that and put them in an email,” said Johnson. “He’s just always been a fraud to me. … From day one, he’s been a used car salesman. And people bought it because he inherited a championship team built by Tony Dungy and Rich McKay, and he came in there with a little bit of different energy than we had with Tony, and it kind of kicked us over the top to get our world championship — which I am grateful for. But at the same time, I also saw through who he was through that journey of getting a championship.”

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Johnson played two seasons under Gruden in 2002 and 2003 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 26 games under Gruden, he had 121 receptions for 1,688 yards and eight touchdowns.

As more information becomes available from these leaked emails that date back to when Gruden was with Monday Night Football, Johnson may have more things to say.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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