Former Black NFL stars, Randy Moss and Keyshawn Johnson, are speaking out in response to the controversy surrounding leaked racist emails sent by former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden.
Jon Gruden resigned as head coach of the Raiders after reports emerged of him using homophobic, racist and misogynistic language in emails while he worked as an ESPN analyst.  A lot is happening. Get the deets inside…
The NFL is in a tizzy!
A few days ago, Jon Gruden “stepped down” as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after reports were released about him using homophobic, racist and misogynistic language in emails while he worked as an ESPN analyst.  And by stepped down, we put our money on fired.
Some were shocked, while others weren’t. Everyone is talking about it.
After the reports were published, Jon Gruden said he didn’t have “a blade of racism” in his body in response to an email he wrote where he described NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, who is Black, as having “lips the size of michellin tires” in an email 10 years ago. Gruden said he regularly used the phrase “rubber lips” to describe anyone he considered a liar.
Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss got emotional during ESPN’s “NFL Countdown” after he was asked he could play football for Gruden after the emails were revealed. He said he was hurt by Gruden’s emails especially since he’s in a leadership position.
“For us to be moving back and not forward … National Football League, this hurts me.”
A powerful conversation from the Sunday NFL Countdown crew on Jon Gruden’s 2011 email that included a racist comment in reference to NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith:
— ESPN (@espn) October 10, 2021
“Now being able to play 14 years in the National Football League to have something like this of a leader,” Moss said. “We talk about leadership. We give guys these big contracts because they want to be able to lead 70 men, coaches, equipment staff and managers to the No. 1 goal and that’s to win a championship. And for us to be moving back and not forward in the 21st century. Like I said, man, National Football League: this hurts me. The clock is ticking, man. I’m sorry.”
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More from the interview below:

The NFL is exploring potential discipline for Gruden in response to his comments. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced they removed Gruden from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor following his resignation from the Raiders.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who won a title under Gruden in 2002, said he always felt that Gruden was a” fraud” and a “used car salesman.”
“He’s just always been a fraud to me…from day one he’s been a used car salesman and people bought it.”@keyshawn reacts to Jon Gruden’s resignation from the Raiders. #KJM
— Keyshawn, JWill & Max (@KeyJayandMax) October 12, 2021
“He’s just always been a fraud to me. … From day one, he’s been a used car salesman,” said the former player-turned-sports analyst. “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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The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal published reports that Gruden used homophobic, racist and misogynistic language in a series of hateful messages over a seven-year period that ended in 2018. Gruden sent an email to Bruce Allen, the former president of the Washington Football Team, where he called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a “f*ggot” and a “clueless anti football p*ssy”.  Everything was uncovered in an ongoing investigation into The Washington Football Team’s problematic front office culture and disturbing claims brought by former members of the cheerleading team.
In other emails Gruden said player Eric Reid, one of the first players to kneel alongside Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem in protest at police brutality, should be fired. He also called then Vice-President Joe Biden a “nervous clueless p*ssy” and exchanged photos of women wearing only bikini bottoms.
Folks have been sounding off about the controversial emails on social media:
Same team employs Antonio Brown who has been charged/convicted of battery, burglary, sexual assault, child endangerment, intimidation, and reckless driving
— Dan (@ClappedDan) October 12, 2021
Marquette King, Khalil Mack, amari Cooper, Antonio Brown and a few other players that claimed they weren’t happy in Oakland under gruden the signs were in front of us this whole time
— EST. Pee (@nix973) October 12, 2021
NFL and the Gruden emails:
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) October 14, 2021
Something is terribly wrong with a major American sports league who’d blackball Colin Kaepernick for speaking truth about racial inequality while conveniently overlooking misdeeds committed by Jon Gruden & Brett Favre for years on end.
— Pro-Democracy; Anti-Fascist! (@Wobbledance1) October 13, 2021
I think this is a pretty great example of talking about what’s wrong with Gruden’s emails that’s genuine and accessible to people across various ideological lens/vocabularies.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 13, 2021
Jon Gruden has always been this man. He’s always felt this way. We are better off knowing it and the league is better off without him. Just know, he ain’t the only one. Someone had to be receiving those emails too!
— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) October 12, 2021
I joined @DonLemonTonight to discuss Jon Gruden and Kyrie Irving.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) October 13, 2021
EA Sports is removing Gruden from Madden NFL 22:
Madden has removed Jon Gruden from the video game because of his emails. To my knowledge they have never removed any player for any crimes. Nor should they, by the way. Just when you think things can’t get more insane they do.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 13, 2021
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