Just a day after Jon Gruden resigned as the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, his fall from grace continues. His former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, announced on Monday that they were going to remove him from the team’s Ring of Honor.
The final days of Jon Gruden as a head coach in the NFL were filled with scandal. Several articles published in The Wall Street Journal and New York Times detailed how the former head coach had a tendency to use racist, homophobic, and misogynistic language in emails as far back as 2010. And on Monday, he officially resigned as the Raiders head coach.
Meanwhile, we just now learned that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be removing Gruden from their Ring of Honor. Despite being the first head coach to ever win a Super Bowl for the franchise, they are sending a strong message that Gruden’s behavior will not be tolerated.
ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter was the first to break the news on social media. He has more than 8.6 million followers on Twitter alone.
“Buccaneers weigh in on their former Super Bowl-winning head coach,” Schefter captioned the tweet.
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have advocated for purposeful change in the areas of race relations, gender equality, diversity, and inclusion for many years,” the statement reads. “While we acknowledge Jon Gruden’s contributions on the field, his actions go against our core values as an organization.”
“Therefore, he will no longer continue to be a member of the Buccaneers Ring of Honor.”
Fans Comment on Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Removal of Jon Gruden from Ring of Honor
It has still only been less than 24 hours since Jon Gruden officially resigned as the Las Vegas Raiders head coach. But as you can probably imagine, NFL fans have been sounding off on social media ever since the announcement went public.
As a matter of fact, one of those to comment on the situation was Pro Football Focus’s, Mike Renner. He decided to chime in to tell the Tampa Bay organization that their decision to remove Gruden from the Ring of Honor isn’t enough. He also offered a bold suggestion of his own.
“Doesn’t go far enough,” Renner said. “Vacate all your wins with him.”
Other fans debated about whether or not the league and the media have been too critical of Gruden.
“That’s not how it works,” one person said. “His achievements on the field are independent of his off-the-field stuff. He did some questionable stuff made a few mistakes but you are destroying his legacy. Writing away the positives this man has had.”
“Actually, he destroyed his own legacy,” someone else replied. “In this day and age, how could any franchise support someone like that in this situation?”