Jon Gruden Emerges With A Sorry Excuse And Sorrier Haircut


Nearly a year after hitting the “clean sweep” of bigotry in his leaked emails, former Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has reappeared in public just in time for the start of the football season. That’s probably no coincidence.

The disgraced, red-faced coach sat down for an interview Tuesday at the Little Rock Touchdown Club, where he talked about caddy for John Daly, the Arkansas Razorbacks and the future of football. His answers were not so enlightening. Late in the conversation, Gruden was asked about the lawsuit he filed against the NFL, in which he alleges that the league selectively leaked his homophobic and racist emails in October to ruin his career. That’s when the real purpose of this softball interview trickled in. (The clip is below, but you can find the full interview here.)

Gruden didn’t say much about his civil lawsuit, as it’s still pending, but he did answer those emails — saying he’s a family man who’s also religious:

I’m not going to say anything but honest things here. I am ashamed of what happened in these emails and I will not make any excuses for it. It’s embarrassing. But! I am a good person, I believe in that. I am going to church. I have been married for 31 years. I have three great boys. I still love football. I made some mistakes, but I don’t think anyone else here hasn’t. I’m just asking for forgiveness and hopefully I’ll get another chance.

As far as I know, fathering Deuce has no correlation whatsoever with being a slime ball talking about the size of DeMaurice Smith’s lips. Should they cancel each other out? Right after that reply, Gruden complained about how ESPN, his former employer, was doing fake news:

But I’m getting confused because there’s a lot of misunderstanding right now: what you read, what you hear, what you watch on TV. Hell, I worked at ESPN for nine years. I worked hard for that job. I don’t even want to watch the channel anymore because I don’t believe everything is true. And I know a lot of it is just trying to get people to watch. But I think we need to get back to reality, which is why I’m looking forward to Saturday because you get what you deserve when the whistle blows, and we’ll see if the Razorbacks can get behind Cincinnati, which I hope they do.

This is the kind of shit that will kill the audience at the Little Rock Touchdown Club, and it did. After Gruden said he hoped he would get another chance to coach football, the crowd clapped for 17 seconds, as if the man had experienced a near-death experience.

Gruden kept saying he would love to be a coach again, even in high school, because what else is he going to do? Sure, this man loves his family (and the church, I guess), but it’s so painfully clear that football is the only way he can function from day to day. I’m not saying this to advocate for Gruden to get another job, but to marvel at how pathetic he is. He has all the free time in the world and can’t think of any other way to use it. Gruden longs to chew out a second-string player on a hot August day. He wants nothing more than to flirt with another season record of .500.

It wouldn’t be at all surprising to find that today’s Gruden, without doing anything, parks himself at a Hooters every weekday at lunchtime, similar to how Raiders owner Mark Davis would post at a PF Chang’s in the Bay Area. Imagine that scene. Anyone within a radius of one table can get sucked into a conversation with the lone man who eats wings, to hear what he learned from Bill Walsh, or how Frank Caliendo razed him to the ground, but he’s actually quite a sharp guy. You know, I have Mike Tirico’s phone number, he says to the four men who are concentrated on the TV show Around the Horn. They pretend they don’t hear him.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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