Jon Gruden

Former ESPN personality and Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has been laying low ever since he resigned in the wake of a scandal involving emails full of racist, homophobic, and misogynistic language. However, at a recent appearance, the former coach had the chance to speak to the emails and explain why he believes he is a good person.

Gruden joined the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Tuesday, and during the event, he addressed the scandal that ended his time with the Raiders.

“I’m ashamed about what has come about in these emails, and I’ll make no excuses for it, it’s shameful,” said Gruden. However, while the disgraced former NFL head coach claims he won’t make excuses for his actions, he will make buts about it. “BUT, I am a good person. I believe that. I go to church, I’ve been married for 31 years, I got three great boys, I still love football. I’ve made some mistakes, but I don’t think anybody in here hasn’t and I just ask for forgiveness, and hopefully, I get another shot.”

The Super Bowl-winning coach then got emotional over the way he feels he’s been perceived.

“I get choked up because there’s a lot of misunderstanding out there right now,” Gruden continued after a brief pause. “What you read, what you hear, what you watch on TV. Hell, I worked at ESPN for nine years. I worked hard at that job. I don’t even want to watch the channel anymore because I don’t believe everything is true. I know a lot of it is just trying to get people to watch, but I think we got to get back to reality.”

Gruden is trying to thread a nearly impossible needle here as it’s on the record that he’s said some pretty reprehensible things, but he’s also trying to discredit media outlets like ESPN that reported on what he actually said.

And as for the fact that he goes to church and is married with children, not entirely sure what that has to do with his racist and homophobic comments but there you go. If anything, we should just be happy he didn’t blame “cancel culture.”

Certainly, there were some very strong reactions to Gruden’s comments, and if they hold any water.

[Steve Sullivan, AA]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to