NFL Investigating Raiders Coach Jon Gruden For Using ‘Appalling’ Racist Trope in 2011 Email

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Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is under fire, after a racist email he sent in 2011 resurfaced.

At the time he sent the email to then-Washington Football Team President Bruce Allen, Gruden was a broadcaster for ESPN. In the message, he criticized NFL Players’ Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, a Black man.

“Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin tires,” he wrote.

The Wall Street Journal said the league is currently “reviewing Gruden’s status with the Raiders for potential discipline.” In a statement, the NFL said the email was “appalling, abhorrent, and wholly contrary to the NFL’s values.”

Gruden told the Journal that he didn’t remember writing that specific email, but that he
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