NFL Fans React To Jon Gruden’s Comments About NFLPA Director DeMaurice Smith

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  • A report from the Wall Street Journal has revealed that Jon Gruden made racist comments about NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith.
  • The 58-year-old Las Vegas Raiders head coach compared the size of Smith’s lips to “Michellin tires.”
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Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has found himself in hot water after a report has revealed he made racist comments about NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith during the 2011 lockout. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal,  Gruden — who was not a coach in the NFL at the time — called Smith “Dumboriss” while also stating that he “has lips the size of Michelin tires.”

At this time, the league is currently investigating Gruden’s comments with the Raiders to determine potential discipline. Gruden, who addressed the Raiders’ players this morning, said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal that he does not recall writing the email and that he is “really sorry.”

“I’m really sorry,” Gruden said. “I was upset. I used a horrible way of explaining it.”

“I don’t think he’s dumb. I don’t think he’s a liar. I don’t have a racial bone in my body, and I’ve proven that for 58 years.”

Following the report, NFL fans took to social media to mercilessly mock the 58-year-old former Super Bowl winner for his comments about Smith, who has been the head of the National Football League Players Association since 2009.

In addition to Gruden, the National Football League has also released a statement condemning his “appalling” comments:

“The email from Jon Gruden denigrating DeMaurice Smith is appalling, abhorrent and wholly contrary to the NFL’s values. We condemn the statement and regret any harm that its publication may inflict on Mr. Smith or anyone else.”

Gruden’s Raiders are set to take on the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon, meaning Gruden will likely face tons of questioning about his comments in the coming days.