Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was part of a practical joke heard around the league during “Thursday Night Football.”
At least that’s what Gruden is claiming. The head coach of the now Las Vegas-based Raiders team was seen wearing an “Oakland Raiders” hat on the sideline. Can you say epic fail? The black sheep of the league just moved to Vegas this year and now call the $2 billion stadium home.
Not long after ESPN caught the coach on camera during the Las Vegas home game, social media started to light up with reactions. And this was all in the first quarter! The reaction was so big that Gruden was obviously made aware of what was going on, and switched hats out soon after.
NFL on ESPN shares this photo of the 57-year-old wearing the wrong head covering. “Oakland” is in the small script above Raiders, making this hat no longer relevant.
“Jon Gruden still “adjusting” to the Raiders’ new home city,” the caption reads.
“I apologize for not having the right hat on,” Gruden told reporters after the game. “Somebody played a pretty good trick on me.”
So who’s behind the practical joke? Gruden didn’t incriminate anyone in his post-game press conference, but we can bet that this certain someone is going to feel some heat.
Jon Gruden and Raiders Fall to Chargers
It seems like the cap mixup might be the least of Jon Gruden’s problems. The Raiders lost to the Chargers in overtime during the “Thursday Night Football” game.
The 30-27 loss is something that they can’t really afford right now. As far as where the Raiders stand on making the playoffs, well the team’s chances were riding on this game against LA. Their record is now 7-7, after spending much of the season in the middle of the AFC pack, and in contention for a playoff bid.
Jon Gruden apologized for the loss as well during his post-game interview. “It’s on me,” he told reporters.