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Jon Gruden Apologizes For Saying NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith Has Michelin Tires Lips

I have heard my share of racist insults in my day, but I can’t say I never heard anyone describe a black man’s lips as Michelin tires.

That is a new one.

In 2011, Jon Gruden sent an email to Bruce Allen and took shots at NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith.

The Wall Street Journal as the context of the email.

On July 21, 2011, the National Football League and its players were working to resolve a lockout that threatened the upcoming season. That day, the league’s owners voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement—but the players opted not to vote on it immediately, citing outstanding issues that the union was fighting to resolve.

That same day, Jon Gruden—the current Las Vegas Raiders coach who has been one of the most prominent figures in the NFL over the past two decades—sent an email about DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, to a team executive. Gruden’s email described Smith with a racist trope common in anti-Black imagery.

“Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of Michelin tires,” he wrote in the email reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Gruden is currently the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, having previously coached both the Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the franchise he led to its first Super Bowl win after the 2002 season. He was a broadcaster for ESPN at the time he sent the email to Bruce Allen, who was then the president of the franchise now called the Washington Football Team.

Insulting a black man’s lips has been a racist insult since we were brought over to America against our will, so it is obvious what Gruden was saying he meant to be a racist insult.

It makes you wonder what else he has said about black people behind closed doors?

He apologized for the email today per Vic Talfur.

Gruden said he couldn’t specifically recall writing the email but apologized for using that language. “I’m really sorry,” he told the WSJ.

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

That frankly doesn’t cut it, he needs to explain why he said it, but he likely won’t be pushed on it.

The NFL is investigating, but we will see if they hand down any punishment.

Flip the page for a video of Gruden addressing the racist comment.

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