3:21 PM PT — The Raiders have simply launched a press release on Gruden’s e-mail … calling the contents of it “disturbing and not what the Raiders stand for.”
The group stated it’s presently investigating the scenario and is within the strategy of “addressing the matter with Coach Gruden.”
Jon Gruden says he is sorry for sending an e-mail again in 2011 that contained racist language … saying the remark he wrote was “horrible.”
The e-mail, in accordance with theWall Street Journal, was despatched to Washington Football Team exec Bruce Allen … and it contained a nasty comment about NFL Players Association government director DeMaurice Smith.
“Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin tires,” Gruden wrote, in accordance with the report.
The e-mail was despatched at a time when the NFLPA and the NFL house owners had been feuding over the league’s collective bargaining settlement.
Gruden, who on the time was a broadcaster for ESPN, instructed the WSJ he did not “specifically recall writing the email” — however he added he was nonetheless “really sorry” for it.
“I was upset,” 58-year-old Gruden stated. “I used a horrible way of explaining it.”
“I don’t think he’s dumb. I don’t think he’s a liar,” Gruden added. “I haven’t got a racial bone in my physique, and I’ve confirmed that for 58 years.”
Gruden went on to say he had, up to now, referred to as liars “rubber lips” and went “too far” in his message about Smith to Allen.
What’s fascinating, NFL sources inform TMZ Sports the e-mail was discovered by league investigators whereas they had been conducting a probe into allegations of office misconduct within the Washington Football Team group.
They added the league is presently investigating the matter.
Smith, in the meantime, instructed the WSJ he was disenchanted to be taught of the feedback Gruden wrote behind his again … explaining, “Racism like this comes from the fact that I’m at the same table as they are and they don’t think someone who looks like me belongs.”
“I’m sorry my family has to see something like this but I would rather they know. I will not let it define me.”
The Raiders — who employed Gruden away from ESPN to be their head coach in 2018 — have but to remark.