Jon Gruden has been dropped from the Madden NFL 22 video game after he resigned as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders over offensive language he used in emails.
The 58-year-old quit after emails he sent before being re-hired in 2018 were found to contain racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments.
The emails were discovered during an NFL workplace misconduct investigation into the Washington Football Team (WFT), while Gruden was working as a pundit for ESPN.
EA Sports tweeted Wednesday that it was ‘taking steps to remove’ Gruden from the latest version of its popular pro football game and would ‘replace him with a general likeness via a title update in the coming weeks.’
The game maker said it is ‘committed to taking action in maintaining a culture of inclusion and equity.’
From 2011-18, while he was an ESPN analyst, Gruden used used several anti-gay slurs, such as ‘f******’ and ‘queers,’ in addition to other racist and misogynistic terminology in emails he wrote to former Washington club executive Bruce Allen.
The emails were part of the NFL’s 10-month investigation into hostile workplace allegations against the WFT.
Gruden resigned Monday after emails he sent to then-Washington Football Team executive Bruce Allen between 2011 and 2018 surfaced in which he used racist, misogynistic and homophobic language to criticize league figures
Jon Gruden was dropped by EA Sports’ Madden 22 video game after he resigned as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. Pictured: The cover of Madden 22, featuring Tom Brady (left) and Patrick Mahomes (right)
The probe ended in July with the club getting fined $10 million by the league and team owner Dan Snyder agreeing to step away from day-to-day operations of the club for a period of months.
As first reported by the New York Times, Gruden wrote then-Washington Football Team executive Bruce Allen in 2015 to complain that another gay player, Michael Sam, was drafted by the St. Louis Rams.
In the email, Gruden claims that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell pressured then-Rams coach Jeff Fisher to draft ‘queers.’
Redacted versions of some of Gruden’s emails were also filed in federal court last June as part of Snyder’s efforts to compel Allen to produce discovery in a separate lawsuit filed in India.
One of the emails included in the court filing and reviewed by DailyMail.com appears to the one referenced by the Times.
‘I agree,’ wrote an ‘ESPN Personality’ whose name was redacted in the court filing. ‘[Redacted] shouldn’t call [redacted] and tell him to draft queers either.’
The Times reported that Gruden used a gay slur to insult Goodell and said he was ‘clueless’ and ‘anti-football.’ He also said Goodell shouldn’t have pressured Rams coach Jeff Fisher (right) to draft ‘queers,’ a reference to Michael Sam (left), who was the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team
Redacted versions of some of Gruden’s emails were also filed in federal court last June as part of Snyder’s efforts to compel Allen to produce discovery in a separate lawsuit filed in India. One of the emails included in the court filing and reviewed by DailyMail.com appears to the one referenced by the Times
Fisher, who was fired by the Rams in 2016, has denied facing any pressure to draft Sam, who ultimately did not make the team out of training camp and settled for a practice squad role.
‘Michael Sam was the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, and we selected him in the 2014 NFL Draft based upon his defensive production and pass rushing skill set on the field,’ Fisher wrote in his statement, referring to Sam’s tenure at Missouri.
‘As a head coach for over 20 years, we drafted or didn’t draft, players based on a variety of qualities,’ Fisher continued. ‘Their sexual orientation would never — and should never — play a part in the decision-making process.’
‘I continue to support Michael, and his decision to come out as the first draft-eligible openly gay player in the league. It took courage to serve as a role model for those competitive football players who may also happen to be gay.’
Fisher, who was fired by the Rams in 2016, has denied facing any pressure to draft Sam, who ultimately did not make the team out of training camp and settled for a practice squad role
Sam, a star defensive end at Missouri, has not commented on Gruden’s emails publicly.
Gruden stepped down Monday night during the fourth season of a 10-year, $10 million deal with the Raiders.
He was 22-31 with no playoff appearances in his second stint with the team.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the club he led to a Super Bowl title nearly two decades ago, removed him from the Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium on Tuesday.
Carl Nassib, the NFL’s only openly gay player, is given ‘personal day’ after coach Jon Gruden’s homophobic emails were exposed: Raiders general manager says the defensive end has ‘a lot to process’
Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib, the NFL’s only openly gay player, was granted a rare personal day on Wednesday after head coach Jon Gruden resigned over the revelation of racist, homophobic emails.
In a series of emails from 2011 to 2018 that were leaked to The New York Times this week, Gruden used several anti-gay slurs, such as ‘f******’ and ‘queers,’ in addition to other racist and misogynistic terminology.
Raiders general manager Mike Mayock told reporters on Wednesday that Nassib asked for the day off.
Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib, the NFL’s only openly gay player, was granted a rare personal day on Wednesday after head coach Jon Gruden resigned over the revelation of racist, homophobic emails
‘He just said he’s got a lot to process,’ Mayock said.
‘There’s a lot that’s been going on the last few days. And, of course, we support that request.’
Mayock did not say if Nassib would be sidelined for Sunday’s game against the Broncos in Denver.
Nassib came out during Pride Month on June 21, announcing on Instagram that he planned on donating $10,000 The Trevor Project, which seeks to prevent suicides among LGBTQ youth.