Jon Gruden has been out of the highlight since stepping down as head coach Raiders in October 2021, however he defended his character and mentioned his skilled future in a public look on Tuesday.
Gruden, who resigned from the Raiders after it was found he despatched a number of offensive emails whereas employed by ESPN, has a lawsuit pending in opposition to the NFL alleging he was compelled out of Las Vegas.
Towards that backdrop, Gruden spoke briefly in regards to the emails that led to his departure from the Raiders and his potential return to the teaching world throughout an look on the Little Rock Landing Membership in Arkansas.
“I am ashamed of what occurred in these emails and I am not going to make excuses for it,” Gruden said. “It’s shameful. However, I’m an excellent particular person. I imagine that. I’m going to church. I’ve been married for 31 years (and) have three fantastic sons. I nonetheless love soccer. I’ve made some errors, however I do not assume anybody right here has. And I simply apologize and hope I get one other shot.”
Apparently, Gruden has been suggested by authorized counsel to not publicly focus on the emails intimately. The content material included racist, misogynistic and anti-LGBTQ language. The NFL alleges Gruden continued to ship comparable offensive emails whereas serving because the Raiders’ coach.
However it’s clear from these feedback that Gruden is hoping for an additional alternative to educate, regardless of the harm to his popularity. Gruden posted a 117–112 file in 15 seasons as head coach of the Raiders and Buccaneers. He led Tampa Bay to victory in Tremendous Bowl XXXVII to shut out the 2002 season.
Gruden additionally attacked ESPN throughout his look Tuesday in Little Rock, questioning the community’s credibility with out offering proof to again up his declare.
“I labored at ESPN for 9 years,” mentioned Gruden, who was as soon as the community’s highest-paid determine in broadcasting. “I labored arduous at that job. I do not even need to watch the channel anymore. As a result of I do not imagine that every thing is true. And I do know a number of them are simply attempting to get individuals to observe.”
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