Raiders owner Mark Davis and coach Jon Gruden went their separate ways after the release of more offensive emails from the coach during his tenure as an ESPN broadcaster. The owner wasn’t keen on punishing him as he originally planned on not punishing Gruden despite being aware of the emails.
According to CBS Sports, Davis is irate with the league office, as he became emotional at the meeting in which Gruden made his exit. It was added that Davis informed others that he believes influential figures within the NFL offices were intent on forcing Gruden out through calculated media leaks of the emails that contained racist tropes and homophobic slurs.
The NFL vehemently denied being behind the leaks as they stated to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times that included Gruden’s emails. It was added that Mark Davis believes it was a hit job to get Gruden fired.
“He thinks the league office is out to get him. He thinks it’s a hit job.”
Despite all the backlash and humiliation, Jon Gruden has received, he continues to get support from Mark Davis among others. That doesn’t mean Gruden won’t continue to be a subject of ridicule. It remains to be seen what will become of Gruden in the end.
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