The NFL and its fans are still reeling from the Jon Gruden scandal that broke earlier this week, costing him his job with the Las Vegas Raiders. A series of leaked emails, gathered as part of a larger investigation into the Washington Football Team and former president Bruce Allen, showed us an ugly side of Gruden, revealing racist, homophobic and misogynistic tendencies while shedding light on some of the societal prejudices still prevalent behind closed doors (particularly in the NFL, a majority black league dominated by its unfathomably rich and privileged owners, nearly all of whom are white).
Gruden’s bigoted remarks weren’t met with much surprise, though former radio personality Mike Golic, who had a working relationship with Gruden during their time together at ESPN, didn’t see this coming. “I’ve known Jon for years. We had him on [Mike and Mike] weekly. If you were to ask me, ‘You knew him somewhat, did you see this coming or does this surprise you?’ Hell yes this surprises me,” Golic shared with Jon “Stugotz” Weiner of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz. “I never was like, ‘Oh yeah, Jon Gruden will say something racial or misogynistic or homophobic.’ I didn’t see that.”
Golic’s reaction was similar to that of Mike Tirico, who defended his former Monday Night Football colleague when the Gruden controversy was discussed on NBC last Sunday (only a small sampling of the disgraced coach&