In case you are not aware of the John Gruden story, the tweet below has a summary of why he was fired from his job as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.
It was first revealed the Gruden emailed racist insults about the head of the players’ union and then the above was released. I think the Raiders did the right thing in asking him to leave. You can’t have someone who feels free to email this type of stuff in a leadership position. I understand why past teams and other businesses are now distancing themselves from Gruden. Why would anyone want to have a person like this associated with them? He got what he deserved.
The response, however, has not been overwhelmingly in favor of the decision. Here are some of the talking points of the other side and my response to them.
It was ten years ago
Ten years ago, Gruden was a 48-year-old man. This is not the same as, say, the Josh Hader situation, where he was 17 when he tweeted terrible things and it was brought up when he was 24. Teenage boys are old enough to know better, but also have years of maturing ahead of them. If you are still doing this at 48 you are just a terrible person. Also, some of the emails were from 2018.
You would find this in anyone’s personal email
This was already being said and then was said more in response to the video below of Charger’s coach Brandon Staley. It’s a good response, but people are tearing him apart for being a good person. Some people say he probably deleted all of his old emails before this. If you assume everyone is saying racist, misogynistic, and homophobic stuff in their emails, you might want to do two things: reconsider who you are emailing and rethink what you are saying in your emails.
I’m far from a perfect person, but I can say I’m 100% sure that you could leak all of my personal and professional correspondence and you would not find racist, misogynistic, and homophobic language. Mostly, you would find a tendency to share dumb jokes and comics and a high rate of typos.
What about the players who abuse women and children?
Ah, What-aboutism, the favorite game of apologists everywhere. The fact that the NFL has a terrible record when it comes to dealing with abusers does not excuse Gruden. Yes, the NFL should be better about domestic violence. You can read what I said when it looked like they were going to go easy on Ray Rice here. The NFL needs to be consistent with a policy that abusers are not welcome in the league. You can’t have stadiums all over the league decked out in pink for women’s health while there are players on the field who abuse women. It’s the very worst form of hypocrisy. I wholeheartedly agree that something needs to change. That has nothing to do with the Gruden case.
I’m generalizing here, but I’m sure most of the people trying these arguments in support of Gruden are people who use racist, misogynistic, and homophobic language and are uneasy at the thought that it can come with consequences.