Las Vegas Raiders Jon Gruden degraded NFL commissioner Roger Goodell with a vulgar description in one of the many emails that were listed among the materials provided by the league to the Raiders last week.
His emails had some harsh words that were directed to a handful of team owners who were involved in labor disagreement that led to a lockout back in 2011.
On Friday night, the Raiders head coach said to the media via best australia online casino: "I was in a bad frame of mind at the time [in 2011], and I called Roger Goodell an [expletive] in one of these emails too. They were keeping players and coaches from doing what they love with a lockout.
"There also were a lot of things being reported publicly about the safety of the sport that I love. I was on a mission with high school football [in the Tampa, Florida, area] during that time, and there were a lot of parents who were scared about letting their kids play football. It just didn't sit well with me."
As expected, the Raiders head coach did not specify the identity of any of the owners he made negative comments on due to the labor negotiations.
A league official was reported to have declined to confirm the number of emails that were sent to Raiders owner Mark Davis and his team of executives. Gruden confirmed that he was aware of only five to seven emails that were flagged.
It was also stated that the league office will not be speaking on the specific abusive word Gruden sent to Goodell. The NFL, however, confirmed that it is working on disciplinary measures that will be imposed on Gruden, despite the fact that he was not employed by the NFL or any teams of the league when the emails were sent.
On Friday, The Wall Street Journal took to the media to report that one of Gruden's many emails had a racist comment which referenced NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith.
Gruden admitted that he was ashamed to have insulted De Smith and that he never had any racial thought when he sent the mail to the executive.
There were several reactions to Gruden's emails and rumor has it that it's being spread within Raiders' locker room and across the league.
While some believed that Gruden should receive the consequences for his actions, some also believe he should be forgiven.
The executive director of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, Rob Graves urged for the NFL and the Raiders to make a response to Gruden's comments with "a remedy commensurate with these painful words."
In a statement released on Sunday morning, Grave said via meilleures machines a sous: "The insensitive remarks made by Jon Gruden about DeMaurice Smith are indicative of the racism that exists on many levels of professional sports.
"Furthermore, it reveals that the journey for African Americans and other minorities in sports is riddled with irrepressible mindsets at the highest level. It is our hope that the League and team ownership will address this matter with a remedy commensurate with these painful words. This is yet another inflection point in a society fraught with cynical social blinders, absent of respect for the intellectual capacity and leadership of minorities. When will it end?"
Tim Brown, a Hall of Fame wide receiver, who played for Gruden with the Las Vegas Raiders from 1998 to 2001 defended the coach character on Saturday during a radio interview.
"Never ever have I gotten anything from him that made me even pause to think about, 'Hmmm, that didn't come off right,'" Brown told SiriusXM NFL Radio.
"If you know Gruden, if you know anything about him or if you've been around him, especially for the length of time that I've been knowing him, you would have gotten the hint that, 'This guy's not right. There's something not right about him.' And there's no way I would have ever [thought that]."
Gruden, himself, confirmed to the media that he has spoken to Davis and will be speaking to him once more. On Friday, Davis described Gruden's email as disturbing, which is not what the Raiders stand for.