By JOSH DUBOW, AP Professional Soccer Author
NFL Gamers Affiliation chief DeMaurice Smith says he appreciates that Raiders coach Jon Gruden reached out to him following the report that Gruden used a racist remark in a e mail about him 10 years in the past.
Smith stated in a Twitter thread on Monday that the e-mail reported Friday by the Wall Avenue Journal that confirmed Gruden referred in a racist option to Smith’s facial options is proof that the combat in opposition to racism is ongoing.
“This isn’t about an e mail as a lot as it’s a few pervasive perception by some that individuals who appear like me may be handled as much less,” Smith wrote. “The e-mail has additionally revealed why the feedback by some with highly effective platforms to elucidate this away are insidious and hypocritical. It’s as if there’s a want to guard soccer above the values of equality, inclusion and respect. The highly effective in our enterprise should embrace that soccer itself needs to be higher, versus making excuses to take care of the established order.”
Smith stated he seems ahead to speaking to Gruden quickly, however that the problems of intolerance within the NFL and society stay.
“However make no mistake, the information isn’t about what is alleged in our personal dialog, however what else is alleged by individuals who by no means thought they might be uncovered and the way they’re going to be held to account,” Smith wrote.
Gruden’s remark in an e mail to then-Washington Soccer Workforce President Bruce Allen got here throughout the 2011 lockout of the gamers by the NFL. Gruden informed the Wall Avenue Journal he was indignant in regards to the lockout throughout labor negotiations and he didn’t belief the course the union was taking.
“Dumboriss Smith has lips the dimensions of michellin tires,” Gruden wrote within the e mail reconsidered by the newspaper.
Gruden has apologized for his “insensitive remarks” and stated Monday he has discovered from this, however did not go into element.
“I’m not going to rehash the occasion once more, he stated. “I believe I really feel excellent in regards to the issues that I’ve discovered. I additionally really feel actually good about what I stand for. I’ll be glad to speak about soccer, however I’ll simply depart it at that.”
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