Reported racist comment from Jon Gruden draws NFL rebuke

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 14: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Las Vegas Raiders reacts to the crowd during warmups before a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Allegiant Stadium on August 14, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders defeated the Seahawks 20-7. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(Associated Press) — A report that Jon Gruden used a racist comment about NFL Players Association leader DeMaurice Smith in an email 10 years ago drew a strong and quick rebuke Friday from the NFL.

A Wall Street Journal story noted Gruden, then working for ESPN and now coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, referred in a racist way to Smith’s facial features.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the email from Gruden is appalling, abhorrent and wholly contrary to the NFL’s values.”

McCarthy added that the league condemns the statement and regrets any harm “its publication may inflict on Mr. Smith or anyone else.”

10/8/2021 8:30:13 PM (GMT -5:00)

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