John Gruden. What a piece of work.
Over a period of ten years he filled Facebook with vitriolic rantings against LGBTQs, NFL management, NFL players and even Presidents Obama and Biden.
Now Mr. Gruden has resigned his position as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders but had four years left on his ten-year, $100 million contract with the team. So he may be due $40 million when leaving.
Isn’t American capitalism wonderful? A scofflaw like Gruden, resigning only after his ten years of scurrilous behavior is revealed by outside sources, might walk away with an additional $40 million dollars, which is exceptionally cool considering that he will get four years worth of salary and not have to lift a finger. This is a “golden parachute” cum laude.
It would be hard to imagine anyone who wouldn’t voluntarily resign his position under similar conditions.
Mr. Gruden issued a statement upon his resignation. The statement concluded with: “I’m sorry. I never meant to hurt anyone.”
That’s exactly what he meant, what he intended.
Normal people don’t make the types of statements that he made over such a lengthy period without intending to hurt someone and to believe otherwise is tantamount to ignorance.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion about groups, individuals, religions, political parties, whatever.
And everyone is free to state those postions on social media – with some restraints.
But words are things which, when given, can never be recalled, and the horrendous comments uttered by Gruden have come back to haunt him. And rightly so.
Don’t shed any tears for this guy. He should be able to live quite comfortably on the $60 million he’s already made and the $40 million likely to be forthcoming, not to mention numerous outlets and organizations which will be willing to overlook his misdeeds and shower him with further lucre, or those which simply agree with all his truculence.