Current Washington Football Team defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio took time out of his day on Thursday to call out the man who recently led his former Las Vegas Raiders organization.
Three days after Jon Gruden resigned in shame following an email scandal that depicted him as misogynistic, homophobic and racist, Del Rio met with the media and put the former coach on absolute blast.
“Embarrassingly bad for a person of that position,” Jack Del Rio told reporters. “I don’t have respect for him.”
Del Rio served as the Raiders’ head coach from 2015-17, posting a combined 25-23 record and leading them to their last playoff appearance by virtue of winning 12 games back in 2016. He’s been in the nation’s capital with Ron Rivera since 2020.
Jack Del Rio calls out Jon Gruden: A double standard?
Rightfully, some have called Jack Del Rio out for being a hypocrite due to his social media activity. One particular issue from June of 2020 came up with the former Raiders’ head coach retweeting what proved to be a doctored image of representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
There were also perceived issues behind the scenes as it relates to Del Rio’s political beliefs and the national anthem protests that became part of the football lexicon back in 2016. Whether that dynamic played a role in his departure from the Raiders a year later remains to be seen.
In an interesting turn, Del Rio is also employed by an organization that has been at the center of another scandal relating to workplace misconduct. Just recently, it was reported that the organization attempted to pay hush money to cover up widespread allegations of sexual harassment within the front office.
Regardless, it’s becoming rather clear that the NFL’s good old boy network is on its last legs. Someone like Del Rio calling out Gruden in this manner is the latest example. And good for him.