Jon Gruden apologizes as NFL, DeMaurice Smith condemn Gruden's 2011 email about NFLPA leader

Jon Gruden has actually excused remarks he apparently made about NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 e-mail sent out to then-Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen in 2011. The e-mail was sent out as the league and the NFLPA remained in the procedure of attempting to end a lockout. 

In the e-mail, Gruden stated that Smith had “lips the size of a michellin tires,” according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The e-mail was found throughout the league’s examination of office misbehavior with the Washington Football Team. The NFL informed the Journal that is has actually examined 650,000 e-mails throughout its examination. The league has actually sent out significant e-mails for the Raiders to evaluate. 

While he stated that he did not particularly remember composing that e-mail, Gruden stated he is “really, really sorry” for his criticism of Smith. Gruden informed ESPN that he has actually utilized the term “rubber lips” to “refer to a guy I catch as lying … he can’t spit it out.” Gruden stated that he has actually discussed the matter with Raiders owner Mark Davis and anticipates to speak to him once again. Gruden included that he hopes he does not deal with discipline from Davis or the league. 

“I’m ashamed I insulted De Smith,” Gruden stated. “I never had a racial thought when I used it. … I’m embarrassed by what’s out there. I certainly never meant for it to sound that bad.”

Gruden informed the Journal that his remarks about Smith came out of aggravation with Smith and the lockout. 

“I don’t think he’s dumb,” Gruden stated of Smith. “I don’t think he’s a liar. I don’t have a racial bone in my body, and I’ve proven that for 58 years.”

The NFL provided a declaration relating to Gruden’s remarks. 

“The email from Jon Gruden denigrating DeMaurice Smith is appalling, abhorrent and wholly contrary to the NFL’s values. We condemn the statement and regret any harm that its publication may inflict on Mr. Smith or anyone else.”

The NFLPA executive director for the previous 12 years, Smith reacted to Gruden’s remarks by means of the Journal. 

“This is not the first racist comment that I’ve heard and it probably will not be the last,” Smith stated. “This is a thick skin task for somebody with dark skin, much like it constantly has actually been for lots of people who appear like me and operate in business America. You understand individuals are often stating things behind your back that are racist much like you see individuals talk and discuss you utilizing very finely coded and racist language.

“Racism like this comes from the fact that I’m at the same table as they are and they don’t think someone who looks like me belongs. I’m sorry my family has to see something like this but I would rather they know. I will not let it define me.”

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