Jon Gruden's Emails Put NFL Hypocrisy on Full Display

As the league is trying to send a signal about inclusion and diversity, hate-filled correspondence between football power brokers reveals entrenched values.

Jon Gruden’s resignation from the Las Vegas Raiders, after stunning revelations about his history of racist, misogynistic and homophobic emails, points to a deep truth about the National Football League: The league can write as many antiracism slogans in end zones and add as many rainbows to its social media accounts as it wants, but its hypocrisy is evident in the actions of its decision makers.

Gruden has long been part of the league’s widespread clique of power brokers, esteemed for his coaching, leadership and charisma.

That’s why this matters.


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