Flores on Gruden: 'I hope this doesn't destroy everything the Raiders have stood for'


The Las Vegas Raiders have spent the entire week preparing for life without Jon Gruden, who resigned as head coach on Monday after a damning report revealed that he used highly offensive language in NFL-related emails across a seven-year period ending in 2018.

How will the team play with longtime assistant coach Rich Bisaccia in control? This question will be answered Sunday. Hall of Fame head coach Tom Flores only wishes that Gruden's mistakes won't tarnish the Raiders' long-standing reputation for inclusion.

"I hope that this doesn't destroy everything that the Raiders have stood for since [former owner] Al Davis took over," Flores told The DA Show on Friday. "You know, the minority issues, the inclusive issues. Al loved the game of football, and he did everything he could to make the game of football better. Sometimes, he always did it his way, whether you liked it or not, but he was just that kind of guy. And I don't want to destroy that legacy."

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Gruden's emails -- which were detailed in a report from The New York Times -- included a racist comment about NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, and featured vulgar criticism of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. In addition, The Times also revealed that Gruden denounced the drafting of a gay player, Michael Sam, the tolerance of players protesting during the national anthem, and the league's hiring of women as on-field officials.

Sam addressed Gruden's homophobic emails and resignation on Wednesday, saying in a webinar that the situation is "unfortunate." He also said there are closeted gay players in the NFL who are struggling and unable to come out.

Under Gruden's watch, the Raiders went 21-31 across four seasons. He signed an NFL-record 10-year, $100 million contract with Las Vegas back in 2018, and failed to reach the playoffs or achieve a winning season once. According to FiveThirtyEight's projections, the Raiders (3-2) currently have a 32-percent chance to reach the playoffs, and a 6-percent chance to win the AFC West.

The entire NFL-Raiders conversation between Flores and DA can be accessed in the audio player above.

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