Buccaneers to remove Jon Gruden from the team’s Ring of Honor

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Tuesday that they will be removing Jon Gruden from the team’s Ring of Honor.

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The announcement comes a day after Gruden resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders in the wake of new allegations of inappropriate emails.

“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have advocated for decisive change in the areas of race relations, gender equality, diversity and inclusion for many years,” the Buccaneers statement read. “While we recognize Jon Gruden’s contributions in the field, his actions go against our core values ​​as an organization. Therefore, he will no longer remain a member of the Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor. “

The New York Times reported on Monday the existence of numerous emails that included homophobic or misogynistic terms.

That news followed a Friday Wall Street Journal report that Gruden used racist language in a 2011 email when describing the appearance of DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association. Gruden apologized but said he did not recall writing the email.

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Gruden also allegedly used obscene terms to describe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, including an anti-gay slur, and used a different anti-gay slur when writing about Michael Sam, the first openly gay player recruited by an NFL team. Sam was selected by the then St. Louis Rams in the seventh round in 2014, but he never played a regular season game in the league.

The 58-year-old Gruden has been interspersing seasons as the Raiders head coach in a career with the Buccaneers. He posted a 57-55 record with Tampa Bay from 2002 to 2008, including a victory in Super Bowl XXXVII after the 2002 season.


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