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Raiders GM Mike Mayock addresses Jon Gruden's resignation as head coach

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10/13/2021 11:25:46 PM
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Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock on Wednesday addressed the resignation of coach Jon Gruden, as well as its timing, given that Gruden coached his final game two days after an email from 2011 was made public in which Gruden used a racial trope in describing NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, who is Black, Chase Goodbread of NFL.com reports.

NFL Network's Judy Battista reported the Raiders also had been made aware of additional emails from Gruden in which he used homophobic and misogynistic language -- emails that became public in a Monday report from The New York Times -- prior to their Week 5 game against the Chicago Bears, which further called into question the decision to allow Gruden to coach last Sunday.

Per Mayock, team owner Mark Davis had not completed his due diligence in gathering information by the time of Sunday's game, which they went on to lose, 20-9.

"I think the reality of that is that Mark Davis really is the one that was dealing with that and I think he felt like, and I don't want to speak for Mark, but there was an awful lot of due diligence that had to go on on his side of this," said Mayock, who was the first member of the Raiders organization to address the media since Gruden's resignation Monday night.

"All that I knew was a bombshell had been dropped, the players talked about it, we talked about it with the players, Jon dealt with it and then of course I didn't even know. ... Again, Mark was dealing with all the email stuff. We were trying to prepare for a football game. When we came out of the game and the rest of it came out, I think Mark was already in the middle of his due diligence. I think he was trying to figure it all out, and again I know what the guy stands for and I think he was trying to do the right thing."

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