Shaun King was on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a quick time when Jon Gruden was the top coach of the group, and he reacted to the e-mail fallout on Tuesday.
The former NFL quarterback instructed Compare.guess he was shocked after the primary Gruden e-mail was obtained by The Wall Street Journal final week.
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“The first email I saw was the one directed at (NFLPA executive director) DeMaurice Smith. I was shocked by it, actually, because it was so distasteful and so unnecessary. It illuminates that sometimes you think you know someone, and maybe you don’t. You just know what their presentation to you is. It was disappointing,” King mentioned.
King instructed the web site he knew Gruden was completed as soon as The New York Times revealed the opposite emails, which confirmed homophobic and misogynistic feedback and different vulgar remarks about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
“What has the NFL been pushing from a narrative standpoint? Upward mobility and equality for women. You see women being hired within a lot of organizations in roles that traditionally were only for men. And inclusivity, whether it be sexual, religion, right to protest. When those emails came out, I knew the end was near. You can’t defend that verbiage,” King instructed Compare.guess.
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“A championship football team is built on accountability, discipline and respect. The fact that they have a gay player, and then it comes out what he said about the kid from Missouri that was drafted (Michael Sam). It’s impossible now to go to (Carl Nassib) and explain that.”
The former quarterback mentioned he by no means had any detrimental interactions with Gruden however the emails present somebody completely different than the individual he knew.
“He just has to look inside, because when you write something like that and send it, you mean it. If you’re joking with your boys, hydrating and having a couple cocktails, somebody might say something slick. But when you sit down and form sentences… it’s hard to turn around and say you didn’t mean anything by it. In my personal interactions with Jon Gruden, I never viewed him as racist, but those emails depict a different person,” he added.
King was a backup quarterback for the Buccaneers in 2002 when Brad Johnson and the stellar Tampa Bay protection led the workforce to a Super Bowl win. He would play 4 video games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2004 earlier than leaping from workforce to workforce. He would by no means see one other down after the 2004 season.
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The former second-round choose would play within the Arena Football League and the Canadian Football League earlier than going into teaching.