Jon Gruden has resigned as coach of the North American football team Las Vegas Raiders. “I have resigned my position as head coach,” said Gruden on Monday (local time) via Twitter. “I love the Raiders and don’t want to be a burden. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff and fans of the Raiders. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone. “
Last week several media reported that Gruden allegedly insulted former Washington official Bruce Allen and the manager of the players’ association, DeMaurice Smith, in an e-mail ten years ago. The NFL condemned these statements as “appalling, horrific and completely contrary to its own values”.
Finally there were further reports of racist and sexist remarks. On the weekend, Gruden told ESPN that he was ashamed of his words and that he had “no traces of racism” in him.
Assistant trainer takes over
Gruden, who was head coach of the Raiders from 1998 to 2001 and for a second term since 2018, won the Super Bowl against the Raiders in January 2003 in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After his return, he trained there in Carl Nassib, the only openly gay NFL player to date. Nassib came out in June and received great popularity far beyond the borders of the league.
The Raiders started the season with three wins and two losses this year. You will now be looked after on an interim basis by Gruden’s previous assistant, Rich Bisaccia.
Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens have clinched their fourth win of the season in the NFL after a race to catch up. Against the Indianapolis Colts they were 3:22 behind on Monday (local time) three minutes before the end of the third quarter, before quarterback Lamar Jackson initiated the turnaround for a 31:25 win after extra time. “Everything went well, we still made it,” said Jackson, who set a career record with 442 yards thrown.