Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden was officially canceled last week after his decade-old emails were leaked by someone at the NFL office. Included in them were offensive language toward Michael Sam, Roger Goodell, and others. Though the emails were not recent and private, Gruden was immediately pushed out of the Raiders organization, only four years into a 10-year contract.
In the aftermath, the NFL claimed that out of the 650,000 emails they went through, only Gruden’s contained anything problematic. That’s a completely unbelievable contention and leaves the open question being why only Gruden’s emails went public.
Well, this per the Daily Caller might have something to do with it.
Jon Gruden Called President Joe Biden A 'Nervous Clueless Pu**y' https://t.co/MuVHcUDubD
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 17, 2021
According to emails sent from 2010-2018 reviewed by The New York Times, Gruden referred to Biden in 2012 when he was vice president as a “nervous clueless pu**y” during an email exchange with former Washington executive Bruce Allen.
I’m speculating, but you have to wonder if Gruden wouldn’t have been given a little more mercy, had he not presented himself as a Joe Biden-hating rightwinger. It seems to me that the former Raiders head coach was the perfect candidate to be canceled over his past, private comments. If he were a hardcore Democrat, perhaps he’d have just been sent to rehab or been given a chance to apologize and move on? There’s certainly precedent to that effect, given Joy Reid is still on MSNBC’s airwaves.
To be sure, the stuff Gruden said was insensitive, but there’s something that just doesn’t feel right about nixing a guy’s career, including removing him from the ring of honor in Tampa Bay, for using bad words, objectionable as they may be, in a private email. Meanwhile, OJ Simpson still gets honored in Buffalo and a convicted wife-beater is currently the star WR for the Kansas City Chiefs. Does any of that seem consistent to you?
So yeah, I can’t say for sure, but it certainly seems possible that Gruden might still have a job had his emails contained slams on Donald Trump — instead of Joe Biden.