Gruden resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday following articles in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times which exposed Gruden’s use of homophobic, misogynistic and racist language in emails dating back to 2010.
The other franchise that Gruden previously coached for, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, released a statement Tuesday in which it was announced that Gruden would be removed from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor. Gruden coached Tampa Bay from 2002-2008.
Current Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has been Gruden’s assistant for four seasons with the Buccaneers.
When he spoke to the media on Tuesday, Tomlin’s dominant expression was heartbreaking at what was discovered and happened regarding Gruden, whom Tomlin acknowledged as having helped him grow as a coach. in the past.
âI’m just saddened by it,â said Tomlin, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I am saddened for the Raiders’ organization. I am saddened for the people who were offended by it. I am saddened for Coach Gruden. It is a sad comment. It is the only opinion I wish to share with this stage. “
Tomlin is one of three black head coaches in the NFL.
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Shad Khan is one of the league’s two minority owners.
Khan agreed with Gruden to resign as a result of what was revealed in the emails.
“I think it was definitely the right thing for the coach to step down and I think it was the right thing for Mark Davis, the Raiders, to accept the resignation,” Khan Sports Business Journal’s Ben Fischer told Tuesday. âBut I think that’s one of those times when you just don’t say, ‘OK, you know it’s done, now let’s move on. “It’s one of those cases, even though it was 10 years ago, it’s, you know, it’s very offensive, it’s hurtful, you know, it’s something that you have to think about it, and, you know, by all of us. And you know, how can we make it better? “