DeMaurice Smith: Jon Gruden Email Confirms Fight Against Racism ‘Is Not Over’

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NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith stated Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden’s usage of a racist trope in a 2011 e-mail was yet another example of how bigotry continues our society.

Smith raised his issues in a Twitter thread:

” The e-mail from Jon Gruden– and a few of the response to it– validates that the battle versus bigotry, racist tropes and intolerance is not over. This is not about an e-mail as much as it has to do with a prevalent belief by some that individuals who appear like me can be dealt with as less.

” The e-mail has actually likewise exposed why the remarks by some with effective platforms to discuss this away are perilous and hypocritical. It is as if there is a requirement to safeguard football above the worths of equality, addition and regard.

” The effective in our service need to accept that football itself needs to be much better, instead of making reasons to preserve the status quo.

” I value that he connected to me & I informed him that we will link quickly, however make no error, the news is not about what is stated in our personal discussion, however what else is stated by individuals who never ever believed they would be exposed and how they are going to be held to account.”

Gruden was a broadcaster for ESPN when he sent out the e-mail in a correspondence with previous Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen, per Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal

” Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin tires,” Gruden composed.

The head coach informed ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez he “never ever had a racial idea when I utilized it” and has actually utilized the term “rubber lips” to “describe a person I capture as lying … he can’t spit it out.”

Raiders owner Mark Davis released a declaration on the e-mail and stated the remarks were “troubling.”

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Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that Gruden is most likely to be fined or provided to go through variety and addition training than suspended or fired due to the fact that of situations such as the reality it was sent out utilizing an individual e-mail account when the coach was not utilized by the NFL.

As for Smith, he was just recently kept as the NFLPA’s executive director.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported he got the minimum 22 votes required from the NFLPA’s board of agents despite the fact that 8 members voted versus him and 2 stayed away.

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