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Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has spoken out following the resignation of his head coach, Jon Gruden, earlier in the week after published reports provided details of emails in which Gruden used homophobic and disparaging, bigoted comments over a period of years.

Carr, who was playing well this year under Gruden and looked on pace for a Pro Bowl-type of season, said “open up everything” regarding the emails and communications of others throughout the league.

“If we just started opening up everybody’s private emails and texts, people would start sweating a little bit. … Hopefully not too many,” Carr noted on Wednesday. “But maybe that’s what they should do for all coaches and GMs and owners from now on is open up. You’ve got to open up everything. See what happens.”

Last week, The Wall Street Journal published the contents of one email from 2011 when Gruden was working as an analyst for the Monday Night Football broadcast in which he used racist language to insult DeMaurice Smith, head of the NFL Players Association, the players’ union.

“Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin tires,” Gruden wrote, according to the paper.

The email was sent to Bruce Allen, head of the NFL franchise known then as the Washington Redskins but is now The Washington Football Team, as Gruden expressed angst over a player lockout that threatened to tank the league’s season that year. The email surfaced as part of an investigation into the NFL’s workplace environment.

The league was “informed of the existence of emails that raised issues beyond the scope of that investigation,” according to the WSJ.

“Over the past few months, the NFL said, senior NFL executives have reviewed more than 650,000 emails, including this one, at commissioner Roger Goodell‘s direction. Earlier this week, the executives presented a summary of that review to Goodell. The league added that it is sharing emails pertaining to Gruden with the Raiders,” the paper added.

The NFL responded immediately to the slur.

“The email from Jon Gruden denigrating DeMaurice Smith is appalling, abhorrent and wholly contrary to the NFL’s values,” the league noted. “We condemn the statement and regret any harm that its publication may inflict on Mr. Smith or anyone else.”

Gruden apologized for the remark which he said he did not recall making, adding that he often referred to people who he thought were being dishonest as being stricken with “rubber lips.”

“I was upset, I used a horrible way of explaining it.” He added: “I don’t think he’s dumb. I don’t think he’s a liar,” said Gruden. “I don’t have a racial bone in my body, and I’ve proven that for 58 years.”

But subsequent emails published by The New York Times sent by Gruden also contained homophobic slurs and other insensitive remarks about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and President Biden.

In one written during Biden’s tenure as President Barack Obama’s second-in-command, Gruden referred to the then-vice president as a  “nervous clueless p**sy.” In another, he lashed out at Goodell, who has been blamed by many former fans for having ruined the game with so much “wokeness,” of being a “f*ggot” and a “clueless anti football p**sy.”

He also criticized Goodell’s pressing of then-St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher to draft “queers,” which at the time was a reference to former University of Missouri standout defensive end Michael Sam, the first-ever openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team.

The firestorm led Gruden to resign from the Raiders, his second stint as head coach with the team, after signing a 10-year, $100 million contract three years ago.

“I have resigned as Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff and fans of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.

As for Gruden’s demise, QB Carr added: “I love the man, you hate the sin. No one’s perfect.”

Jon Dougherty

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