The fallout from emails discovered during the NFL’s investigation of the Washington Football Team that resulted in Jon Gruden resigning as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night continues.
One of the emails Gruden sent roughly a decade ago included a racist comment about NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, and Smith has since explained the NFLPA wants the league to release all of the reported 650,000 emails discovered as part of the probe.
Smith discussed his reasoning for that request during an appearance on ESPN’s “The Right Time with Bomani Jones” podcast.
“What I’m interested in — is there correspondence that suggests teams are making decisions about coaches based on the color of their skin?” Smith said. “Are they actively hostile to players that have chosen to self-identify in various ways? Are they denigrating of people based on sexual preference or religious identity?”
Along with the email about Smith, Gruden also reportedly used racist, misogynistic and anti-gay language in messages sent from 2010 through 2018.
Gruden said last week he had reached out to Smith, and Smith told Jones he responded to the former coach via text but before Gruden resigned following a damning New York Times story.
Earlier on Wednesday, Raiders owner Mark Davis seemed to complain to ESPN about Gruden being singled out in stories related to the emails since Friday.
“I have no comment,” Davis said in a brief statement. “Ask the NFL. They have all the answers.”