Jan 9, 2018; Alameda, CA, USA; Jon Gruden (left) poses with Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis after being introduced as head coach at a press conference at the Raiders headquarters Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It’s probably worth noting that when word broke about Jon Gruden’s emails, which contained a multitude of racist, homophobic, and misogynistic comments, he wasn’t fired by the Las Vegas Raiders. In fact, while the Raiders received the emails last week, it wasn’t until they were leaked fully to the media on Monday that Gruden decided to resign from the team. It does beg the question of whether or not owner Mark Davis would have kept Gruden on as his coach despite knowing the full extent of the emails and what Gruden thinks of people like Carl Nassib, an openly gay member of the Raiders team.

Raiders legend Art Shell says that he thinks Davis acted accordingly, though it’s unclear exactly what Davis did if anything. And when asked about Gruden’s resignation by ESPN on Wednesday, Davis shared some terse comments that seem to imply he’s not very happy with the way it’s all gone down.

“I have no comment,” Davis said. “Ask the NFL. They have all the answers.”

Given the way the league is clearly protecting the ownership of the Washington Football Team, it seems like Davis feels as though the Raiders are paying the price for their misdeeds. It makes you wonder how that might have a ripple effect in the days ahead, especially if Davis and the Raiders have access to the kinds of emails that the NFL doesn’t want getting out. Though if Davis is saying the NFL has “all the answers,” it sounds like they’re even keeping that information close to the chest.


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 sean@thecomeback.com.