The legacy that Jon Gruden built has been destroyed by a secret past
This has been a nightmare of a week for the Las Vegas Raiders. On the football field they are coming off two back to back losses. Off the field their issues got worse after their Head Coach Jon Gruden officially resigned after controversial emails surfaced of him making disparaging remarks. Gruden after resigning made the following statement below.
“I have resigned as Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. 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.”
This story first started to unravel Friday when the Wall Street Journal reported that Gruden wrote a racist trope about NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 email. Gruden went on to address his offensive comment and said he apologized to Smith for the comments. Monday the full contexts of the emails surfaced. He reportedly called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a homophobic name; he criticized female officials; had unflattering comments that the Los Angeles Rams drafted an openly gay player, Michael Sam, in 2014; and was critical of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
According to the New York Times, Gruden also exchanged emails with Bruce Allen, former president of the Washington Football Team, and other men that included photos of women wearing only bikini bottoms, including a photo of two Washington team cheerleaders. Monday was the final straw for the NFL. Raiders owner Mark Davis and Jon Gruden had no choice but to end the former Raiders coach’s tenure.
As for the rest of the season team officials made another announcement on who will be the interim coach "Rich Bisaccia will serve as Interim Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, effective immediately. Coach Bisaccia will meet with the media at the regularly scheduled media availability on Wednesday," the team said in a statement.”
Bisaccia has been on the staff as the Raiders assistant head coach/special teams coordinator for the last four seasons. Bisaccia, 61, is currently in his 20th season as an NFL special teams coach. His coaching NFL career began in 2002 with the Buccaneers under Gruden and his stay in Tampa Bay lasted until 2010. Bisaccia coached with the San Diego Chargers (2011-2012) and Dallas Cowboys (2013-2017) before landing with the Raiders in 2018.