Well, I can say this much about Jon Gruden: the man was thorough.
In an NFL investigation that included a trove of hundreds-of-thousands of e-mails, it was discovered that Jon Gruden made some rather unsavoury comments and expressed some pretty regressive attitudes. Another way to put it is that Gruden is a bigot. A tremendous bigot, actually.
ANOTHER way to put it is that the man is an enormous scumbag.
And, as such, he sure checked a lot of boxes: racism, misogyny, homophobia.
He used racist slurs.
He made derogatory comments about women.
He made hateful comments about homosexuals, and used gay slurs to describe people he disagreed with.
He received and distributed nude photos, taken without the subjects' consent.
Now, while it is important that Gruden was exposed for all of his transgressions and hypocrisy, it is also important to remember that this was and is not an investigation of Jon Gruden. It is, in fact, an investigation into numerous bad acts by the Washington Football Team as an organization. Several other people have already been exposed as having committed illegal, immoral, and/or unethical acts, including former Washington GM Bruce Allen, and ESPN talking head Adam Schefter.
There's SO MUCH MORE to this story. Here's hoping that more of the perpetrators of these misdeeds will be exposed and held to account.
Stay tuned, folks.
Week Six Picks
Winners in Bold
Miami at Jacksonville (Tottenham Hotspur Stadium)
Another Brexit game for the tea-and-strumpet set, featuring two non-contenders. Excellent chance for Trevor Lawrence and the rest of the Jax offense to make some hay with Miami CB Xavien Howard Out.
KC at Washington
KC is struggling right now (and I’m LOVING it!), but Washington’s defense hasn’t nearly lived up to its billing, particularly in the secondary. Mahomes should put up some big numbers. Big thumbs-down to Washington for suddenly deciding, when the team is getting pummelled in the media, that this week would be the perfect time to retire Sean Taylor’s number 21. Taylor is certainly deserving of the honour, but the timing reeks of spin, and is a disgrace to Taylor’s memory.
Los Angeles R at New York G
If it weren’t for bad luck, New York would have no luck at all.
Houston at Indianapolis
Indy needs to regroup after letting Baltimore steal a win last week.
Cincinnati at Detroit
Cincy came oh-so-close against Green Bay last week. This is a good team with a bright future.
Green Bay at Chicago
Green Bay keeps rolling on, while looking a tad underwhelming in doing so.
Los Angeles Bolts at Baltimore
Baltimore struggled for most of the game last week against Indianapolis. Wait until they get a load of Justin Herbert and the rest of the Bolts’ offense.
Minnesota at Carolina
Carolina has been struggling in the absence of Christian McCaffrey, and those struggles should continue against a resurgent Minnesota team.
Arizona at Cleveland
Cleveland will have to be especially disciplined on defense in this one. Baker Mayfield doesn’t have to outplay Kyler Murray, just play a clean game and make some plays.
Las Vegas at Denver
Difficult to tell what effect the Jon Gruden situation will have on Vegas. An NFL coach has to have his players willing to go through a lot for him and for the team. I wonder how some of those players feel now that they know that the whole thing was a house of cards.
Dallas at New England
It will be interesting to see what New England has cooked up defensively against a prolific Dallas attack. I’m having trouble imagining the Pats being able to score enough points to keep up.
Seattle at Pittsburgh
Kind of a blah game. I’ll be interested to see how, if at all, Tony Dungy and Mike Tirico will address their comments on last week’s broadcast defending Jon Gruden. The whole, “Well he didn’t do anything to me PERSONALLY, so…” thing is so weak, tired, and predictable when it comes to these sycophantic media personalities and organizations that act as the league’s de facto PR wing.
Buffalo at Tennessee
Buffalo is just on fire right now. Their drubbing of KC last week was exquisite; I thoroughly enjoyed every second. The key for Buffalo this week is to re-focus, and take care of business against a tough opponent. Basking in their defeat of KC is where trouble lies; they have to remember that they haven’t won anything yet.