NFL: Raiders’ Jon Gruden Snaps at Reporter Over ‘Victory Lap’ at Arrowhead Stadium

by Thad Mitchell
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Las Vegas Raiders Head coach Jon Gruden took offense to a reporter’s question at his weekly Monday press conference. Gruden and his team reportedly took a “victory lap” around Arrowhead Stadium earlier this year. The Raiders had just defeated the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, before allegedly celebrating by lapping the stadium.

When asked what inspired the victory lap by a reporter, Gruden became agitated and gave an unusual answer.

“You could find a smart-aleck bus driver in Kansas City who made some snide comments when we got on the bus,” Gruden said. “Maybe that’s why we drove around the stadium, to tick him off. You know, this is ridiculous. Next question.”

Gruden, Raiders Set to Take on Chiefs

Gruden’s Raiders defeated Reid’s Chief earlier this year by a final score of 40 to 32. The victory gave Gruden his first win against the Chiefs since he took the Raiders job in 2018. It’s the Chiefs’ only loss during the 2020 season.

The division rivals have plenty of bad blood between them and their rivalry can be traced back to the NFL’s humble beginnings.

Still, Reid and the Chiefs have a bitter taste in their mouths about the victory lap incident. The two teams will match up once again this weekend on Sunday Night Football.

Reid was also asked about the Raiders and their choice of celebration tactics. The coach said to the victor goes the spoils but also made it clear his team would never participate in such an activity.

“They won the game, so they can do anything they want to do,” Reid said, according to ESPN . “That’s not our style.”

The Raiders are one of the surprise NFL teams this year and will take 6-3 record into their matchup with the Chiefs.

H/T: Pro Football Talk

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