Jon Gruden is on the comeback trail.
Last year, Gruden was basically canceled when his racist and homophobic emails were leaked to the public, forcing him to resign from his job as Raiders head coach.
Gruden made a public appearance at the Little Rock Touchdown club on Monday night, nearly a year after the leaked email scandal, to say he deserves a second chance at coaching while asking for forgiveness for his offensive emails.
“I’m not going to say anything but honest things here,” Gruden said. “I’m ashamed about what has come about in these emails. And I’ll make no excuses for it. It’s shameful. But, I am a good person. I believe that. I go to church. I’ve been married for 31 years. I’ve got three great boys. I still love football. I’ve made some mistakes, but I don’t think anybody in here hasn’t. And I just ask for forgiveness, and hopefully I get another shot.”
The former Monday Night Football announcer also fired shots at ESPN for spreading misinformation about his email scandal.
There’s a lot of misunderstanding out there right now,” Gruden said. “What you read. What you hear. What you watch on TV. Hell, I worked at ESPN for nine years. I worked hard at that job. I don’t even wanna watch the channel anymore. Because I don’t believe everything is true. And I know a lot of it is just trying to get people to watch.”
Jon Gruden at the Little Rock Touchdown club commenting on the emails that ended his NFL coaching career. pic.twitter.com/1ClcWtdTRn
— Steve Sullivan (@sully7777) August 30, 2022
Gruden is currently suing the NFL over the leaked emails by accusing the league of deliberately leaking his private emails to the public to force him to resign.