Did the NFL pressure Mark Davis to fire Jon Gruden? It sure sounds like it
Raiders owner Mark Davis is pissed off and it shows in his response to ESPN.com’s Paul Gutierrez’s question. He was asked if he had any comment on the Gruden case.
“I have no comment, Ask the NFL. They have all the answers.”
It sounds like there is a little tension between the NFL and the Raiders owner. It is really starting to sound like the Raiders were pressured to fired Gruden or make him resign.
Remember the Raiders were not going to fire Gruden. I mean the emails were already known about. It was not until the media leaked what was in the emails before Gruden stepped down.
Davis wants to win right now and the Raiders have a solid team. This is a huge blow to their team, but did the league and Goodell strong arm him after Goodell found out he was called names himself?
I mean the emails were pretty rough.
In the emails, Gruden called the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, a “faggot” and a “clueless anti football pussy” and said that Goodell should not have pressured Jeff Fisher, then the coach of the Rams, to draft “queers,” a reference to Michael Sam, a gay player chosen by the team in 2014.
In numerous emails during a seven-year period ending in early 2018, Gruden criticized Goodell and the league for trying to reduce concussions and said that Eric Reid, a player who had demonstrated during the playing of the national anthem, should be fired. In several instances, Gruden used a homophobic slur to refer to Goodell and offensive language to describe some N.F.L. owners, coaches and journalists who cover the league.
Davis is clearly frustrated, and it sounds like he is not happy with the league.