The Bucs have removed Jon Gruden from their Ring Of Honor following recent news of the racist, misogynistic and homophobic emails sent by Gruden while working as a broadcaster for ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

Here is the full statement from the Bucs about Gruden’s Ring Of Honor removal:

“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have advocated for purposeful change in the areas of race relations, gender equality, diversity and inclusion for many years. While we acknowledge Jon Gruden’s contributions on the field, his actions go against our core values as an organization. Therefore, he will no longer continue to be a member of the Buccaneers Ring of Honor.”

The New York Times broke a story revealing emails from Gruden sent to then Washington Football Team general manager Bruce Allen. In the emails, Gruden used racist tropes to voice his frustration about NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, who is black.

Jon Gruden

Former Bucs head coach Jon Gruden – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Further emails were leaked to the public, which included Gruden using homophobic slurs to criticize NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former NFL player Michael Sam, who came out as gay before the 2014 NFL Draft. Others included his stance against having females officials and also opposing the NFL’s concussion protocol policies. All of these emails by Gruden to Allen were cited as part of an NFL investigation into misconducts in the workplace of the Washington Football Team.

Gruden resigned from his head coaching position with the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night. One of his players, former Buccaneer Carl Nassib, announced before the start of the season that he was gay. Nassib became the first openly gay player on an active NFL roster.

Gruden’s emails were sent when he was a color commentator on Monday Night Football, over a span of seven years. Gruden has ties to the history of the Bucs as the head coach of their Super Bowl XXXVII winning team, the first in franchise history.

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Hit55Fan
10 days ago

BS move by the bucs.. the dude STILL coached the team to the superbowl.. lets dig up everyones past and i bet it wont be pretty for anyone..

Lame WOKE BS is killing this league.

GrafikDetail
Reply to  Hit55Fan
10 days ago

the league is doing better than ever though 🤷🏾‍♂️

aredsoxfan1
Reply to  Hit55Fan
10 days ago

“killing this league” as they sign the biggest media contracts in history. Yep, the league is really hurtin. Funny thing is, the league had the emails so obviously someone in the league leaked this out to the media. Apparently little chuckie boy has a few enemies in the league office who decided to cash him out. Couldn’t happen to a bigger jerkoff.

TCB2W!
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
10 days ago

They leaked it out, because Mark Davis didn’t want to fire Gruden. It was leaked to force his hand. It was a thumb screw job by Goodell.

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Hit55Fan
10 days ago

Wrong

76Buc
Reply to  Hit55Fan
10 days ago

It’s killing the country!

Peter North
10 days ago

Total woke BS. I thought the three flaming male cheerleader was a stretch to please the radical left (though great entertainment). This is crap. Aside from the lips comment, which isn’t really that bad, what is so bad that you can’t honor everything he did on the field and in the community? Everything else is something I’m sure every other member of the ring of honor has said in private conversations.

GrafikDetail
Reply to  Peter North
10 days ago

even though nothing was done for the racial trope, I knew once it was reported he used the F word he was a goner… as Dave Chapel said you can kill a black person & get away with it but you better not hurt a gay person feelings LOL

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Peter North
10 days ago

While you are probably right about other players saying things like that, those people were not a head coach of a professional team or someone of power emailing people through work emails. The problem is that karma finally caught gruden. The Washington football team being investigated for sexual harassment and festering a toxic work environment was the beginning of the end for gruden, we just didn’t know it at the time. But then you dig deeper and find the emails, you find out that this is a larger problem and might be be a factor in the lack of diversity… Read more »

Peter North
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
10 days ago

Appreciate the honesty. It is the same mindset that has yielded literally every defendant in every CourtTV case this year to be found guilty. We are all out for blood. No one is afforded due process in the court of law and definitely not in the court of public opinion. Pray that you or a loved one isn’t in the position to be judged. Guarantee it won’t go in your favor

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Peter North
10 days ago

Lol oh shut up dude. I’m not the one using my work email to belittle others like gruden did nor has anyone of my “loved ones”. I love the “pray it doesn’t happen to you or your loved ones” line. Classic. Also, he’s being judged because the evidence clearly shows he said those things, not just once, but multiple times spanning over 8-10 years. It’s not a crime to say what he did and he can feel the way he does. Has every right too. however because he is in a leadership role. A leader of men, he needs to… Read more »

surferdudes
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
9 days ago

Nice try, but you’ll never explain it to people who feel the same way as Gruden. People live in their own reality now. People believe an election was stolen from the golden cow they bow to. If he was so great, and powerful in charge of everything, how did he let sleepy Joe hose him? See it doesn’t make sense so don’t even try getting through.

Naplesfan
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
9 days ago

You’re the judgmental self-righteous asshole, asshole.

Go away, now, fast.

No human who ever lived on this earth – including you – has never had thoughts and conversations with personal friends that they would never ever want to see the light of day.

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Naplesfan
9 days ago

Lol because I stated facts? Cry me a river. I never said I was perfect. I never said I haven’t said things I regret. I did so a lot in my youth, but I’m also not the one who said deragatory things in work emails for a decade, degrading and belittling others. I have friends that are LGBT, close friends, I am biracial. My mother was African American, my father is Caucasian. I have been called racial slurs and discriminated against. Saying I’m judgemental, yet here you are being disrespectful. Have I insulted you? Yet you’re the one saying im… Read more »

Dude
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
9 days ago

One thing we have to keep in mind, when Gruden wrote these emails he was not an employee of the NFL, and his emails were ‘private.’ Imagine if your place of employment found out you were a bully in high school, and then fired you for that? Would that be right? Of course not! The NFL knew they could not touch Gruden for this because they would have trampled on his constitutional rights and he would have owned them in court. So what did they do? They decided to try him in the court of public opinion knowing the radicalisms… Read more »

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Dude
9 days ago

You’re right, they can’t take the accomplishments away from him. But they can take his name off the ring of honor and removing him from their Hof. They have every right to do that. It’s their franchise.

76Buc
Reply to  Peter North
10 days ago

Nothing will appease them until we all salute the hammer and sickly.

Captain Sly
10 days ago

Though I don’t condone any of his personal feelings expressed in his personal emails I disagree with the Bucs removal of his name from its ring of honor. His recognition was for a team accomplishment and has nothing to do with his personal views. I feel like the team is trying not to get pressed on this issue instead of telling some people to “take a look in the mirror” because we have all said things we would later regret. Cheers

aredsoxfan1
10 days ago

Great move Bucs! What an ignorant POS Gruden is. I wouldn’t want him associated with my team either. If the dude was a 20 year old college kid when he made the remarks then I’d be inclined to cut him some slack. He wasn’t. He was a grown man who held positions of leadership. He ought to grow the eff up and act like a real man.

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
10 days ago

Agree completely.

Naplesfan
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
9 days ago

You would – you’re both birds of the same feather, i.e., self-righteous assholes.

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Naplesfan
9 days ago

Lol I’m just going to laugh at you from now on. Bottom line is gruden messed up, is being removed from the Bucs ring of honor and Hof because the owners and organization don’t want to associate themselves with him, and that’s it. You can call me an asshole all you want. It won’t change the result and it won’t change that what he did is inexcusable. I’ve said over and over that im not perfect, I’ve said things that I’ve regretted, and made plenty of mistakes. If gruden we’re being arrested and charged with something, that’s a whole other… Read more »

Last edited 9 days ago by PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
10 days ago

BTW, congrats on moving on to the ALCS. Red Sox are awesome.

Peter North
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
10 days ago

So you don’t like Gruden as a person or can’t stand that he says what nearly every guy has said ( aside from the potential racist trope ) at some point in his life in a private conversation? If the former, you’re out for blood (like most of the country); that logic is unfair. If the latter, then we will have to fire damn near every coach we have – equal application of the law, right? I’m sure St Thomas from California is in that list too

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76Buc
Reply to  Peter North
10 days ago

True Americans have become weak as the young teeny boppers come of age. These pencil-neck socialist morons are a minority, but no one stands up to them.

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Peter North
10 days ago

Why do you bring up the law? This has nothing to do with the law. Nothing.

BucRy
10 days ago

So Ive been wondering about the statue of gruden at One buc palace. Will they be removing that as well?

GrafikDetail
Reply to  BucRy
10 days ago

now that would actually suck… that statue captured such iconic moment in Bucs history perfectly

aredsoxfan1
Reply to  GrafikDetail
10 days ago

They’re gonna replace it with one of Brady and Gronk captioned “two tuddies!”.

PissedOffBuc1988
10 days ago

Fantastic move. 2000% behind it. All of you whining about it being bs can suck it up and get over yourselves because this is the absolute right thing to do and it’s not even an argument. He literally said that the BUCS owners can give him oral sex, completely disrespected a plethora or people from women, to minorities, to LGBT, and he did so for nearly a decade. He was against rules set in place for player safety which dates back to 08-09 and he’s just an overall disgraceful person. Also, considering how the Bucs are a model of diversity,… Read more »

Last edited 10 days ago by PissedOffBuc1988
BuckeyeBuc
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
9 days ago

Agreed

Charlie
10 days ago

What an absolute disgrqce to humanity this swollen sausage of a man is. Good riddance…

Naplesfan
Reply to  Charlie
9 days ago

The biggest disgraces in life are judgmental, self-righteous assholes who pretend they are perfect while demanding retribution for the imperfections others.

Like you, for example.

twspin
10 days ago

I’ve often called out posters here over the years for their slanted and racist remarks. I do however think this whole thing with Gruden is wrong. And I think it was pushed by the commish himself, Goodall.!0 yrs ago? How many of us have said stuff long ago we regret? Gruden apologized and said he was sorry and meant no harm. I believe him. this whole woke thing has gone to far. Makes a guy like me see why some people just go all the way ..far right. So I guess the statue in the Buc lobby is next huh?

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  twspin
10 days ago

It wasn’t just 10 years ago, this went on for almost a decade.2018 is when it supposedly stopped, so actually were talking about 3-4 years ago. That’s not that long ago. If this was just a one time deal, you can probably move on from it, bit it wasn’t. He did it again, and again, and again, and again, and again. Yea, he didn’t “mean any harm”. He didn’t”mean any harm” and is “sorry” because he was exposed. That’s not remorse. He didn’t do anything illegal, but it doesn’t mean he can’t be fired and removed from the teams Hof… Read more »

Last edited 10 days ago by PissedOffBuc1988
Naplesfan
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
9 days ago

“It” was 100% private communications between two longtime friends. Normally such conversations between friends never see the light of day, including your private conversations which are certain to have contained numerous remarks by you that you would never want to see the light of day.

It’s called “being human”.

twspin
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
8 days ago

So What? Let those without some sin cast the 1st stone. I’m waitin for yours!

Dude
10 days ago

Welcome to the cancel culture! Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. While I do not condone Gruden’s sentiments, I do respect his right to free speech, especially in a private email. Which is nobody’s business, it was private. We live in a society today that is demanding that everyone conforms to the same ideologies. We are so blessed to live in a country in which we have freedom, personal liberties, including the right to free speech. Freedom is a glorious thing, and included with that is individuality. However, individuality can have an ugly side because it… Read more »

Peter North
Reply to  Dude
10 days ago

The longest comment I’ve ever read completely. Very well said. Follow Jonathan Isaac with the Magic for a refreshing athlete the gets it. Also recommend “The 4th Turning” as a great read for historical context on where we are – the exact same spot on the Anglo-Saxon America cycle as in the late 1930s

Dude
Reply to  Peter North
9 days ago

Thank you for nice the comment. It was kind of long, I didn’t intend for it to be, but this just hit a sore spot with me and I couldn’t help it. I’ll check your referrals out, thanks for the heads up.

matador
10 days ago

Congrats to the Glazer Babies pandering to the media to score cheap points. At the same time they just hired a player who was… arrested near Seattle on Wednesday morning and booked on charges of burglary domestic violence, resisting arrest and malicious mischief…Sherman is also being investigated by Washington State Patrol in an alleged hit-and-run and DUI while driving through a closed construction zone, per Washington State Patrol captain Ron Mead. You’re ruining being a Bucs fan for us, you hypocritical, entitled idiots whose only talent is winning the hereditary lottery. If only your dad was here to act as… Read more »

76Buc
10 days ago

Yes. Lame, socialist/communist-inspired, American hating crap. I’m sick of these creatures. I don’t know exactly what he said, but neither do the Glasers. They should investigate it first, and not believe comrade Goodell.
These shits; we need to take back this country. Hershall for President. Tuli Gabbard for VP.

76Buc
Reply to  76Buc
10 days ago

Don’t be woke. Awaken instead.

bucballer
10 days ago

Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me…words have consequences and apparently texts do too…

compewterpirate
10 days ago

I fully accept that the sentiments expressed by Gruden are classless and contrary to the values espoused by the club and its owners, however the controversial aspect of this sanction is that Gruden’s comments were contained in private e-mails uncovered due to an investigation into the Washington Football Team and that Gruden himself was not an interested party in that investigation. Therefore, however distasteful some might find the content of those e-mails, the sentiments expressed in them are most assuredly covered by Gruden’s inalienable constitutional right, under the 1st Amendment, to freedom of expression. Accordingly, someone in the NFL league… Read more »

Last edited 10 days ago by compewterpirate
Hockey Duckie
10 days ago

Hol’up. This org removes Gruden from the ring of honor, but was more than welcome to bring in Winston into the organization and make him the face of the franchise? And if Brady wasn’t coming to us, then Winston would have been re-signed with the Bucs? What about a couple of players on the Bucs today with sordid pasts or current mired situations? We didn’t jettison them. Heck, we just signed one of them. Sheer hypocrisy by the franchise. Hell, why not return our first Super Bowl win back to the NFL because the Bucs’ organization is that disgraced. I… Read more »

PewterHeart
10 days ago

Let’s remove Sapps name while we’re at it also..Give back last years championship trophy back as well because AB was on the team and according to the Glazer babies we will not support anyone that feels a certain way and expresses themselves IN PRIVATE.

Billsid
9 days ago

Well if they remove Gruden’s name from the ring of honor, then Sapp should be taken down also. Talk about a racist guy WITH a criminal record. Gruden expressed his opinions, not correctly, but nevertheless, he did not break any laws. Plus he wasn’t employed in the NFL when he sent the emails. Another snowflake victory for the woke culture police.

Dman
9 days ago

Total BS. Being lead by the Thought Police. Shameful.

scubog
9 days ago

I certainly understand Mark Davis (dude needs to go to Supercuts) and Gruden parting ways. Little doubt that the relationship between the predominately black roster and HC would be difficult to repair. Given Gruden’s history, he seems to wear thin on people after a few years. This incident may have been all the Raiders needed to worm out of Gruden’s 10 year contract. I’m sure the Glazers believe their perhaps “over” reaction was the right thing to do given today’s social climate where virtually anything can cause outrage. As long as organizations continue to cower to anyone who claims to… Read more »

Naplesfan
9 days ago

A whole lotta politically correct posturing going on with this episode. I think that the Bucs probably had to eventually remove Gruden from the Ring of Honor, but they could have done it over a longer, more thoughtful period of time, after meeting with Gruden and league officials, and conducting their own investigation as they do whenever a member of the Bucs organization has been accused of some form of transgression.. Instead, it looked like – and actually was – a thoughtless kneejerk heat of the moment “me too” overreaction. The Thought Police – see George Orwell, “Nineteen 84” –… Read more »

Last edited 9 days ago by Naplesfan
Dude
Reply to  Naplesfan
9 days ago

Very well put Naplesfan.

fredster
9 days ago

I played golf with Gruden in charity event. I also met and talked to him several times at Avila Golf course where he has a house. Or did have house not sure now. He has a filthy mouth. Anyone that knows him knows this. He is immature with some things he says. Some of what he said I agree with some was not cool. My son is gay. Lot of his language was not nice. Either way this cancel culture and woke Bullshit is getting old. I could go back 10 years on anyone and find things they said black… Read more »

BuckeyeBuc
9 days ago

Gruden is not just anybody, he was the Bucs Head Coach and leader of men, majority of them black. Further these were not comments made when he was a 20 year old, he was a grown ass man working at ESPN in a job most of us die hard fans can only dream of. I am a conservative politically, but its time for people to stop using politics as an excuse to hide the true feelings. Here are a few questions to ask ourselves: If these e-mails were uncovered before Gruden’s ROH induction would he had still been inducted into… Read more »

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  BuckeyeBuc
9 days ago

Thank you.

Dman
Reply to  BuckeyeBuc
9 days ago

Hoping your house isn’t made of glass.

Knightrider79
9 days ago

So I’m just trying to get this straight in my head. We have a guy in Randy Moss, that drove off after almost hitting a meter maid. She was on his hood holding in for dear life, and he’s still employed by ESPN and not removed from any team affiliation. Shannon Sharpe has said stuff 10 times worse while he was a player and he’s still with…whatever network he’s with. We had an NFL player hit a woman so hard that they closed a casino in Las Vegas and there was talk about reinstating him. Yet Jon Gruden, who was… Read more »

NC Greenbeard
9 days ago

Maybe the Glazers just had a “sincerely held belief” that Gruden didn’t belong in the ring anymore after those comments, made while a grown man, about others that he worked with and worked for him. It’s the Glazers team. You don’t want a baker to be forced to bake a cake for a gay couple, but it’s ok to force Glazers to keep him in the ring? And anyone bringing up the First Amendment….lol. Just stop. He had freedom of choice but not consequence. Thanks for the memories John but you f’ed this one up. The dude got his name… Read more »

BuckeyeBuc
Reply to  NC Greenbeard
9 days ago

Truth

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  NC Greenbeard
9 days ago

Absolutely correct. Thank you.

Joseph
Reply to  NC Greenbeard
9 days ago

Yup not only this but the first amendment protects you from the government coming after you for said speech doesn’t protect you consequence from everyday people who have an issue with what you are saying or businesses making business decisions because of what you said like removing someone from the ring of honor.

Donkey_Hunter
9 days ago

Meh. He should’ve never been in the ROH in the 1st place. Monte should’ve been inducted LONG before Gruden’s overrated ass.

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Donkey_Hunter
9 days ago

Damn. Don’t say that… shhhh. It’ll upset the masses. Nah, screw it. You’re right. Gruden brought energy that one year. Thanks for that, but after that year, he was very mediocre and I’ll say he even peaked that year too.. The guy hasn’t won a playoff game since 2003, ran McKay out of town, and he and his bestie Allen drafted so poorly 1-7 that we became the laughing stock of the NFL again. Gruden had the opportunity to go through a youth movement, but refused. He wanted Over the hill veterans who he didn’t have to coach much and… Read more »

Donkey_Hunter
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
9 days ago

Quit spitting facts!