Here are some contributions to the discourse from current Vegas Raiders head coach and former lead ESPN football analyst Jon Gruden:
On July 21, 2011, the National Football League and its players were working to resolve a lockout that threatened the upcoming season. That day, the league’s owners voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement—but the players opted not to vote on it immediately, citing outstanding issues that the union was fighting to resolve.
That same day, Jon Gruden—the current Las Vegas Raiders coach who has been one of the most prominent figures in the NFL over the past two decades—sent an email about DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, to a team executive. Gruden’s email described Smith with a racist trope common in anti-Black imagery.
“Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin tires,” he wrote in the email reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
Gruden said he had been angry at the time because of the lockout and didn’t trust the direction the players, led by Smith, were going in the negotiations. He said he has in the past referred to people he believes to be lying as “rubber lips” and that he took it “too far.”
“I was upset,” Gruden said. “I used a horrible way of explaining it.”
“I don’t think he’s dumb. I don’t think he’s a liar,” Gruden said. “I don’t have a racial bone in my body, and I’ve proven that for 58 years.”
Glad to hear that Gruden’s bones aren’t racial!
In addition to the obvious imagine looking at NFL labor relations and concluding that the NFLPA is driving too hard of a bargain. To authoritarians any constraint on power is too much…