The NFL season is already off to a rocky start.
Deshaun Watson, one of the league’s brightest stars, will miss the first 11 games due to suspension.
Now a fired coach is being blocked from employment by one radical group.
Cleveland Browns star quarterback Deshaun Watson will miss the first 11 games of the season due to a sex scandal involving masseuses that accused him of sexual misconduct.
Watson was not indicted on criminal charges, but the accusations were enough to spur NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to seek a suspension.
A third-party arbitrator recommended Watson miss six games, but Goodell wanted Watson to be suspended for more games.
Watson and the league agreed to an 11-game suspension.
Goodell’s insistence on a harsher penalty for Watson does not bode well for another NFL employee that was “canceled” for off-the-field behavior: head coach Jon Gruden.
Gruden resigned from the Las Vegas Raiders after embarrassing private emails were leaked during an investigation into the Washington Commanders.
Gruden was accused of being sexist when he mocked Commissioner Goodell for bringing in female referees to the sport.
And the National Organization for Women (NOW) released a statement demanding that Gruden not be reinstated.
Gruden, who is currently suing the NFL over how he was blackballed from the league, expressed regret for what he wrote the years-old emails that were leaked to The Wall Street Journal and New York Times.
Jon Gruden at the Little Rock Touchdown club commenting on the emails that ended his NFL coaching career. pic.twitter.com/1ClcWtdTRn
— Steve Sullivan (@sully7777) August 30, 2022
NOW wrote in a statement, “Jon Gruden should not be reinstated by the NFL…If hired back, this once again proves the NFL values misogyny, homophobia and racism.”
It’s clear that the far-left group is attempting to make sure that Gruden remains as toxic as possible.
There’s no love lost between Gruden and Goodell, who was heavily criticized in the coach’s email cache, so Goodell likely aligns with NOW’s sentiments.
Gruden believes that he was targeted by Goodell or someone else in NFL headquarters because only his emails out of hundreds of thousands were leaked.
It’s difficult to believe that out of countless private emails, only one person wrote anything untoward.
It’s also more suspicious when that one person had been highly critical of the league commissioner.
Gruden’s discovery process in his lawsuit should be interesting.
Despite the hit pieces from the media, former players, coaches, and broadcasters have come to Gruden’s defense and testified that he is not a racist.
Gruden being a secret racist in the NFL for 30 years is difficult to believe.
NFL Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp said, “You’re not going to call my head coach a racist…I sat in front of him for two years and I’m a child of the South. I was raised in Florida. There’s no way a fire-breathing racist would be in front of me or on my speed dial and we haven’t had a real discussion about your tendencies to not see the black man on your level. There’s no way Jon Gruden’s that.”
Nevertheless, Gruden is still on the outside looking in, and he has powerful enemies attempting to keep it that way.