SNL has been dealing with difficult scandals since its inception. While the show has been falling out of popularity with its Gen Z audiences, appearances from Kid Cudi, Elon Musk and Kim Kardashian have been very helpful. Now the legendary sketch show has used the Jon Gruden blunder to their advantage.

The NBC show started off with its sketch about the former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden. The NFL had been going through a lot of criticism because of Gruden’s exposed emails. With Madden NFL 2022 kicking Gruden off their roster, fans called the EA franchise out for not kicking other toxic personalities off the game.

James Austin Johnson played Gruden, and threw many hilarities at the audience of the show. Cecily Strong kicked off the sketch by playing the PR manager for the NFL. After she said that as the PR manager for the NFL, if someone would switch jobs with her, it would be great.

I’m ‘Preferred to Remain Anonymous,’ and I handle public relations for the NFL. So if anyone wants to switch jobs, let me know.

Johnson’s Gruden came after Colin Jost as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell came to clear the air. Johnson made a joke about Gruden having sent racist or homophobic emails just last week. He said:

I’m sorry to all of the Raiders fans out there. I hope you won’t judge me on one email I sent ten years ago…or the 20 emails I sent last Tuesday. What coach Gruden did was disgraceful. We need to do better, okay? We need to, as I always tell my barber: aim higher.

Other appearances on the sketch include Raiders owner Mark Davis played by Alex Moffat, an unnamed new Raiders coach played by Pete Davidson, and former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was played by Chris Redd.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/contributor from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017.

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