Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is calling on all NFL team owners, executives and coaches to ‘open up’ their emails after Jon Gruden resigned as head coach over the racist, homophobic language revealed in his.
‘If we just started opening up everybody’s private emails and texts, people would start sweating a little bit,’ Carr told reporters Wednesday, as quoted by ESPN. ‘Hopefully not too many. But maybe that’s what they should do for all coaches and GMs and owners from now on, is open up.
‘You’ve got to open up everything. See what happens.’
Gruden resigned Monday after emails he sent to then-Washington Football Team executive Bruce Allen between 2011 and 2018 surfaced showing him using racist, misogynistic and homophobic language to criticize league figures.
In the emails that were leaked to The New York Times this week, Gruden used several anti-gay slurs, such as ‘f******’ and ‘queers,’ in addition to other racist and misogynistic terminology. In another email that was leaked to The Wall Street Journal last week, Gruden told Allen in 2011 that African-American NFL union chief DeMaurice Smith had ‘lips the size of Michelin tires.’
Carr did not defend Gruden on Thursday, but said he still loves his now-former coach.
‘I love the man, [but] you hate the sin,’ Carr said. ‘No one’s perfect.’
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (right, near left) is calling on all NFL team owners, executives and coaches to ‘open up’ their emails after Jon Gruden (far left) resigned as head coach over the racist, homophobic language revealed in his. Gruden resigned Monday after emails he sent to then-Washington Football Team executive Bruce Allen between 2011 and 2018 surfaced showing him using racist, misogynistic and homophobic language to criticize league figures
Redacted versions of some of Gruden’s emails were also filed in federal court last June as part of Snyder’s efforts to compel Allen to produce discovery in a separate lawsuit filed in India. One of the emails included in the court filing and reviewed by DailyMail.com appears to the one referenced by the Times
Gruden’s leaked emails were part of a sweeping investigation into sexual harassment claims against the Washington Football Team.
The club, which is valued in the billions, was fined $10 million by the NFL and owner Dan Snyder stepped away from day-to-day operations for a period of months, but there was no written report of lawyer Beth Wilkinson’s inquiry.
Since the Gruden emails surfaced, there have been other calls to reveal the findings of the league inquiry, including any emails that may have been sent by Snyder or his top lieutenants.
Lisa Banks, an attorney for the 40 former WFT employees involved in the investigation, agreed with a CNN interviewer on Wednesday that Gruden has been a ‘fall guy’ for the league. She went
While agreeing with a CNN interview that Gruden has been a ‘fall guy’ for the league, Lisa Banks, an attorney for the 40 former WFT employees involved in the investigation demanded the league release its full report.
‘Obviously what [Gruden] did and what he wrote was terrible, and he probably deserves to lose his job, but it’s telling that the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders is the only one to lose their job after a 10-month investigation into the Washington Football Team and its culture,’ Banks told CNN.
After nearly a year of demanding the NFL to release its report, Banks said she believes that damning information about the WFT has yet to be revealed.
‘Based on my knowledge and based on my 40 clients and what they provided to the investigators, I know that there’s a lot of damning information about the Washington Football Team and about its owner,’ she said. ‘And I’m sure that there was going to be embarrassing information in that report and for whatever reason, the league decided that it was going to protect the owner and ignore the women.’
The controversy against Raider’s coach Jon Gruden started on Friday when the Wall Street Journal reported that Gruden wrote in a 2011 email to former Washington executive Bruce Allen that NFL union chief DeMaurice Smith (pictured), who he called ‘Dumboriss Smith,’ had ‘lips the size of Michelin tires’
In an emailed response to DailyMail.com, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy flatly denied the accusation that the league is covering for Snyder: ‘We are not.’
The National Football League Played Association (NFLPA) is also pushing for the findings to be released.
‘We have had communications with the league, and the NFLPA plans to request that the NFL release the rest of the emails,’ NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told USA Today Sports in a phone interview.
Smith, the players’ union chief, was one of the league figures targeted by Gruden in his aforementioned emails. The now-former NFL coach referred to Smith, an African American, as ‘Dumboriss Smith’ and said he had ‘lips the size of Michelin tires.’
Banks sees the NFLPA’s involvement as a part of a growing push for the release of the investigation report. She also expects corporate sponsors to step forward as they did last year, when Native American groups successfully pushed for the WFT to drop its nickname, the Redskins, because it is offensive to many indigenous people.
‘I think there’s building momentum here,’ Banks told CNN. ‘There has been a lot of pressure on the league to release the findings along the way. And not just from me and my clients, but from a number of their organizations and policy groups, and now the NFLPA.
‘I expect that sooner rather than later, we’re going to hear from corporate America too. We have a lot of large sponsors that support the NFL who cannot be in favor of sweeping these types of allegations and this investigation under the rug.’
The Times reported that Gruden used a gay slur to insult Goodell and said he was ‘clueless’ and ‘anti-football.’ He also said Goodell shouldn’t have pressured Rams coach Jeff Fisher (right) to draft ‘queers,’ a reference to Michael Sam (left), who was the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team
The NFL is not planning to make public any of the hundreds of thousands of emails it obtained as part of an investigation of the Washington Football Team, some of which led to the resignation of Gruden.
‘Based on the material that we have reviewed, we haven’t identified anything that needed to be reported to club or league leadership,’ McCarthy told The Associated Press on Tuesday. ‘We have released no emails during this process.’
As first reported by the Times, Gruden wrote Allen in 2015 to complain that another gay player, Michael Sam, was drafted by the St. Louis Rams. In the email, Gruden claims that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell pressured then-Rams coach Jeff Fisher to draft ‘queers.’
Redacted versions of some of Gruden’s emails were also filed in federal court last June as part of Snyder’s efforts to compel Allen to produce discovery in a separate lawsuit filed in India. One of the emails included in the court filing and reviewed by DailyMail.com appears to the one referenced by the Times.
‘I agree,’ wrote an ‘ESPN Personality’ whose name was redacted in the court filing. ‘[Redacted] shouldn’t call [redacted] and tell him to draft queers either.’
Fisher, who was fired by the Rams in 2016, has denied facing any pressure to draft Sam, who ultimately did not make the team out of training camp and settled for a practice squad role.
‘Michael Sam was the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, and we selected him in the 2014 NFL Draft based upon his defensive production and pass rushing skill set on the field,’ Fisher wrote in his statement, referring to Sam’s tenure at Missouri.
‘As a head coach for over 20 years, we drafted or didn’t draft, players based on a variety of qualities,’ Fisher continued. ‘Their sexual orientation would never — and should never — play a part in the decision-making process. I continue to support Michael, and his decision to come out as the first draft-eligible openly gay player in the league. It took courage to serve as a role model for those competitive football players who may also happen to be gay.’
Sam, a star defensive end at Missouri, has not commented on Gruden’s emails publicly.
Fisher, who was fired by the Rams in 2016, has denied facing any pressure to draft Sam, who ultimately did not make the team out of training camp and settled for a practice squad role
As for the Raiders, special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia is now the interim head coach of the Raiders after two decades in the league.
‘He’s got as much respect in the locker room — in our locker room — as any coach I’ve ever seen in my life,’ Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said about Bisaccia at the team’s practice facility on Wednesday.
‘Is he a great coach? Hell yeah. But he’s an even better man. And what I’ve always told people when I’ve endorsed him is that he’s the most natural leader of men that I’ve ever been around.’
Mayock said he’s endorsed Bissacia for head coaching positions in the past. And that Bissacia will be a natural fit for the Raiders because of the relationships he’s built in all three phases of the team, saying that since Bissacia has been the special teams coach he’s involved with more players on the team than any other coach.
‘It’s easy to get emotional … this is certainly an exciting moment,’ said Bisaccia, whose first NFL job was under Gruden in 2002, when he was hired as special teams coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
‘No one wants to be a head coach in this particular situation, no one wants to be put in front of this under these particular circumstances. But it’s an incredible opportunity, not only for me, but for all the other coaches to see what we can do with this adversity, see what we can do with this challenge.’
As for the Raiders, special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia (pictured) is now the interim head coach of the Raiders after two decades in the league
Bisaccia’s resume includes 19 seasons of experience as an NFL special teams coordinator, with the Raiders (2018-20), Dallas Cowboys (2013-17), San Diego Chargers (2011-12) and Buccaneers (2002-10). Bisaccia was on Gruden’s staff when Tampa Bay won Super Bowl 37 in his first season as an NFL coach.
Both Mayock and Bisaccia said since Monday’s revelations about Gruden rocked not only the Raiders, but the entire NFL, they’ve addressed the locker room, along with owner Mark Davis and the team’s captains.
Davis has declined to speak to reporters, other than a statement that he accepted Gruden’s resignation.
Along with Mayock and Bisaccia, Carr, tight end Darren Waller and defensive end Maxx Crosby spoke to reporters after practice, all with the same thought process: it’s time to move on, bring on the Denver Broncos.
The Raiders and Broncos, who are tied for second in the AFC West just one game back of the Los Angeles Chargers, meet Sunday in Denver.
‘We have a good team, we’re a 3-2 team, it’s not like we’re going through some type of bad cycle and all of a sudden there’s been a change and it’s the end of the season and the season’s over,’ Bisaccia said. ‘We’ve got 12 games; we feel like we have a lot of time. We feel like a lot of goals are still in front of us.’
Bisaccia said he doesn’t believe the timing will be an issue because of the coaching staff in place.
Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli both have head coaching experience, as does offensive line coach Tom Cable. Offensive coordinator Greg Olsen takes over play-calling duties, which could see changes in allowing Carr to expand the playbook with a more prominent passing game, rather than Gruden’s run-first scheme to set up the pass.
‘I’ve been in this situation, I think this is my fifth head coach in eight years, so I do know the feelings of when it’s a good football team and when it’s not,’ Carr said.
‘This team, the way we came in today was everything’s still out there for us. We’re a good football team, we believe that. We need to play better, but we still believe we can compete with anybody.
‘From an emotional standpoint, I’ve got a job to do. That’s never changed, no matter who the coach is, no matter who’s on the team with me. I have a job to do and that’s to lead these men. Especially now, they need a leader more than ever.’