Jon Gruden

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.”

Seriously?

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.

  • Chuck Witt

    Chuck is a retired archi­tect, a for­mer news­pa­per colum­nist, and a life­long res­i­dent of Winchester.