Buccaneers will remove Jon Gruden from Ring of Honor, team announces

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers declared on Tuesday that they will remove former Super Bowl-winning head mentor Jon Gruden from their Ring of Honor after The New York Occasions claimed that he manufactured racist, misogynistic and homophobic feedback directed at Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Gamers Affiliation executive director DeMaurice Smith, among many others.

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Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden late in the video game as the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 15 to 10 at Monster Park, San Francisco, California, Oct. 30, 2005. 
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“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have advocated for purposeful modify in the locations of race relations, gender equality, variety, and inclusion for a lot of decades,” the team claimed in a assertion. “When we acknowledge Jon Gruden’s contributions on the industry, his steps go in opposition to our main values as an group. Hence, he will no for a longer period go on to be a member of the Buccaneers Ring of Honor.”

Gruden, who was in the fourth year of a 10-yr, $100 million agreement, introduced a statement next the decision to resign.


John Gruden puts on his Bucs hat prior to his

John Gruden places on his Bucs hat prior to his “Ring of Honor” speech throughout an NFL match between the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Dec. 18, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. The Falcons defeated the Bucs 24-21. 
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“I have resigned as Head Mentor of the Las Vegas Raiders,” Gruden stated. “I enjoy the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and admirers of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I under no circumstances intended to damage everyone.”

Gruden, who coached Tampa Bay from 2002 to 2008, led the Bucs to a Super Bowl XXXVII victory in excess of the then-Oakland Raiders. He concluded with a 57-55 total file through his time with the Bucs.

Gruden was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor in 2017.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden directs the North team at the 2007 Under Armour Senior Bowl in Mobile Jan. 27. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden directs the North group at the 2007 Below Armour Senior Bowl in Cell Jan. 27. 
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Raiders owner Mark Davis reported last week that the e mail about Smith was “disturbing and not what the Raiders stand for” and said the team was examining the further correspondence.

Raiders assistant mentor Loaded Bisaccia was named the team’s interim head coach.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.