Buccaneers remove Jon Gruden from Ring of Honor after controversial emails leak in insensitive language

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Jon Gruden was the first head coach to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl title and earn a spot in their prestigious Ring of Honor. Gruden was removed from the Buccaneers Ring of Honor after the Super Bowl-winning head coach resigned from the Las Vegas Raiders in the wake of leaked emails in which he repeatedly used insensitive language.

“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been advocating for targeted change in race relations, gender equality, diversity and inclusion for years,” the franchise said in a statement:. “While we recognize Jon Gruden’s contributions on the field, his actions go against our core values ​​as an organization and as a result, he will no longer remain a member of the Buccaneers Ring of Honor.”

Gruden was under investigation by the NFL for an email returned in 2011 in which he used a racist trope to criticize NFLPA Director DeMaurice Smith. Gruden admitted Friday that he also used profane language to describe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, leaking more emails that he “casually and often unleashed misogyny and homophobic language” during his tenure as “Monday Night Football” color commentator for ESPN from 2010 to 2018, when he returned to coach the NFL with the Raiders.

Gruden brought the Buccaneers their first Super Bowl title in the 2002 season, leading Tampa Bay to a victory over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. Tampa Bay won three NFC South titles under Gruden, finishing with just a 57-55 record in seven seasons. Gruden’s three playoff wins at the time were the most in Buccaneers history — Bruce Arians passed him last season — and his 57 wins are the most in team history. His four winning seasons are equal for most in team history with Tony Dungy.

Two Buccaneers coaches are in the main ring following Gruden’s removal: Tony Dungy and John McKay.

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