Gruden explained to the Journal that he uses the phrase “rubber lips” to describe people he thought were lying.
“I don’t think he’s dumb. I don’t think he’s a liar,” Gruden backtracked to the Journal. “I don’t have a racial bone in my body, and I’ve proven that for 58 연령.”
CNN has been unable to reach Gruden for comment.
DeMaurice Smith called Gruden’s comment “인종 차별 주의자” CNN에 대한 성명에서.
“This is not the first racist comment that I’ve heard and it probably will not be the last,” 스미스가 말했다. “This is a thick skin job for someone with dark skin, just like it always has been for many people who look like me and work in corporate America.
“You know people are sometimes saying things behind your back that are racist just like you see people talk and write about you using thinly coded and racist language. Racism like this comes from the fact that I’m at the same table as they are and they don’t think someone who looks like me belongs. I’m sorry my family has to see something like this but I would rather they know. I will not let it define me.”
Raiders owner Mark Davis described the content of the email as “방해” in a statement Friday.
“We were first made aware of the email late yesterday by a reporter and are reviewing it along with other materials provided to us today by the NFL,” he said in the statement. “We are addressing the matter with Coach Gruden and will have no further comment at this time.”
The NFL was also quick to condemn Gruden’s words.
“The email from Jon Gruden denigrating DeMaurice Smith is appalling, abhorrent and wholly contrary to the NFL’s values,” an NFL spokesperson told CNN. “We condemn the statement and regret any harm that its publication may inflict on Mr. Smith or anyone else.”