Jon Gruden used racist trope about DeMaurice Smith in 2011 email

Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden used a racist trope to describe NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 email, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal on Friday.

In the email, which was sent during the 2011 lockout, Gruden wrote that: “Dumboriss [sic] Smith has lips the size of michellin [sic] tires.”

Gruden told the newspaper that he did not recall sending the email in question and apologized for it. He added that he sometimes describes people as having “rubber lips” when he thinks they are lying.

“I used a horrible way of explaining it,” Gruden told The Wall Street Journal.

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

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