Raiders owner Mark Davis changes tune about Jon Gruden exit



Raiders owner Mark Davis had more to say about Jon Gruden’s resignation after his “no comment” response to the former coach’s use of racist, homophobic and misogynistic language in past emails.

Following Sunday’s 34-24 win over the Broncos, Davis told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “Listen, the Raiders stand for diversity, inclusion and social justice. We always have and we always will.”

In response to Gruden’s lewd language in past emails discovered in an NFL investigation into the Washington Football Team’s workplace culture, Davis said, “The emails that came out are not what we stand for and so Jon Gruden is no longer head coach of the Raiders.

“There’s not much more I can say. All the talking heads are making up all sorts of stuff. That’s all it is. We don’t stand for it.”

Just four days earlier, Davis was asked about the email scandal, but had a much different response.

“I have no comment. Ask the NFL. They have all the answers,” he said last Wednesday.

Davis added Sunday that he’s “excited” about how well the 4-2 Raiders are playing, and that “we are moving towards the future.”

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Raiders owner Mark Davis (l.) and former head coach Jon Gruden (r.)
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The owner spoke out about the situation a day after CBS Sports reported Davis feels “the league office is out to get him” and that he thinks the NFL orchestrated a “hit job” on Gruden.

Gruden apologized in a public statement resigning from the Raiders, who he coached since 2018 in his second stint with the franchise.

The emails, which spanned from 2011-18, were part of 650,000 exposed during the NFL investigation, which uncovered alleged inappropriate photos of WFT cheerleaders.

The NFL has not released its full investigation results for confidentiality reasons. The NFLPA and former WFT cheerleaders have called on the league to release its full review.

Attorney Lisa Banks, who represents 40 former WFT employees, said the NFL did not agree to a meeting request with former female staffers.


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