Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers commented on former Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s resignation and the uncovered e-mails featuring racist, homophonic and sexist language, saying on the Pat McAfee Show that “those opinions don’t have a place in the game … that shit doesn’t fly.”
Gruden resigned as the Raiders head coach after a New York Times report Monday revealed the emails, including some attacking commissioner Roger Goodell, that were sent over several years while Gruden was working as an analyst on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”
Others around the league commented on Gruden on Tuesday.
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he was “saddened” by the situation. “I’m saddened for the Raiders organization. I’m saddened for the people offended by it. I’m saddened for coach Gruden … It’s a sad commentary.”
At the CAA World Congress of Sports, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan said “I think it was definitely the right choice for the coach to resign.”
The Washington Football Team’s head coach Ron Rivera was asked in an interview on The Sports Junkies show on 106.7 The Fan about Gruden’s emails being connected to the league investigation into Washington’s organization. On the matter, Rivera said “At the end of the day that was well before my time. … Let’s stick to what’s important for us going forward.”
Gruden’s brother, Jay, who was Washington’s head coach from 2014-19, told Russell and Medhurst on The Team 980 that he was not questioned by the NFL investigation led by Beth Wilkinson.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said via 105.3 The Fan: “I know these people. I know everybody that you’ve been reading about. They’re outstanding proponents of our game. They have represented this game in many cases beautifully. And certainly, we all continue to recognize what a spotlight you’re in and the way we should express ourselves.
“I don’t have anything I would want to express one way or the other,” Jones continued, when asked if Gruden should have lost his job. “From the standpoint of contribution, I know we all are accountable to even a, if you will, fleeting or minor part of our actions. We all are accountable to those. That’s about all I want to comment on that.”
The Athletic obtained an email in which Gruden referenced Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, by the Rams in 2014, and said Goodell should not have pressured then-Rams head coach Jeff Fisher to draft “queers.”
Fisher released a statement on Twitter: “As a head coach for over 20 years, we drafted or didn’t draft players based on a variety of qualities. Their sexual orientation would never — and should never — play a part in the decision-making process. I continue to support Michael, and his decision to come out as the first draft eligible openly gay player in the league.
“… Lastly, the NFL never encouraged or discouraged me regarding the selection of a potential prospect.”
This story will be updated.
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