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NFL sends Las Vegas Raiders more Jon Gruden emails as probe continues

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Sep 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden looks on from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Las Vegas won 26-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has touched on the racist comments he directed at NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith multiple times since they became public record late last week.

The emails in question are from back in 2011 when Gruden was a member of ESPN’s NFL broadcasting team. He was not employed by the league or any of its teams. Despite this, backlash continues on nearly every front.

One day after his most-recent apology, Gruden is now in the center of what could be another scandal regarding those aforementioned emails.

“The NFL sent the Raiders additional Jon Gruden emails to review on top of the negative one that surfaced last week and, per sources around the league, the NFL is actively monitoring the situation and waiting to see how the team will handle the matter,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday.

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What do the new emails mean for Jon Gruden?

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Oct 4, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden talks with quarterback Derek Carr (4) during the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

At this point, there’s no telling what is included in said emails. It would be foolhardy to draw any sort of conclusion without further information. As for the embattled Raiders head coach, he did apologize Sunday after Las Vegas’ loss to the Chicago Bears.

“I am not a racist. I can’t tell you how sick I am. I apologize again to De Smith. But I feel good about who I am and what I’ve done my entire life. I apologize for the insensitive remarks, I had no racial intentions with those remarks at all. I’m not like that at all,” Gruden told reporters. “I don’t want to keep addressing it.”

It was previously reported that the NFL would not exact punishment in the direction of the Super Bowl-winning head coach. After all, he was not in the league at the time the emails in question were sent.

Among other things, the emails read DeMaurice Smith has “lips the sizer of Michellin tires.”

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Aug 29, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis (left) talks with head coach Jon Gruden before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Some recent suggestions conclude that the NFL is waiting for Las Vegas’ brass to act. Based on recent comments from owner Mark Davis, there’s a chance that might happen.

“The content of an email regarding DeMaurice Smith from Jon Gruden when he worked for ESPN 10 years ago is disturbing and not what the Raiders stand for. We were first made aware of the email late yesterday by a reporter and are reviewing it along with other materials provided to us today by the NFL,” Davis said in a statement released Friday evening. “We are addressing the matter with Coach Gruden and will have no further comment at this time.”

In terms of this new information, it’s important to wait and see what the content of the emails were before drawing a conclusion. But the simple fact that the NFL has sent them to the Raiders’ organization could tell us a story.

This is a developing story with Jon Gruden pretty much now on the hot seat. On the field, his Raiders have lost two consecutive games since a surprising 3-0 start to the season. They are set to take on the Denver Broncos next week on the road. Whether Gruden is on the sideline remains to be seen.