Jon Gruden Takes Apparent Shot At ESPN During Public Comments
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John Gruden gave a public speech at the Little Rock Touchdown Club in Arkansas on Tuesday.
During the event, via KATV's Steve Sullivan, the former head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders said he was "embarrassed" by his "embarrassing" leaked email that led to his resignation last year.
Gruden sent emails that included racist, anti-gay,
and made the wrong comment while working at ESPN from 2009 to 2017. on Tuesday,
He expressed dissatisfaction with the company's direction since his departure.
"There's a lot of misunderstanding out there right now," Gruden said.
"What you read, what you hear, what you see on TV. Hell, I worked at ESPN for nine years.
I worked very hard in that work. I don't even want to watch the channel anymore,
Because I don't believe everything is true. And I know a lot of it is just trying to see people,
But I think we have to go back to reality."
He didn't explain what he specifically disliked about ESPN.
Perhaps he is blaming his old employer for the alleged "misunderstanding" in the coverage of his fall.
Or maybe he doesn't like the current state of sports media that relies on screaming matches and hot takes.
Gruden was a longtime commentator on Monday Night Football, before returning in 2018 to coach the Raiders on a massive 10-year, $100 million deal.
It looks like either she or ESPN will have no interest in the reunion.