Gruden resigned on Monday after studies emerged of him utilizing homophobic, racist and misogynistic language in emails whereas he labored as an ESPN analyst.
Russell, who got here out as bisexual in 2019 and who performed for the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, instructed CNN’s New Day that he was heartbroken when he heard concerning the emails and mentioned resignation was the naked minimal the league ought to settle for.
“I do not assume it is sufficient, I feel it is reactive of the investigation of what’s occurring,” Russell mentioned Tuesday.
“I feel the subsequent step that the league must take is being proactive in ensuring that the coaches that they rent, the gamers that they draft, the group that they kind are being inclusive, are being supportive and are held to that customary not when issues come to mild however on a regular basis.
“That is accountability, doing the best factor when nobody is trying. The integrity stage is what’s being challenged right here.”
Critics had referred to as for Gruden, who has coached the Raiders because the starting of the 2018 season, to be fired since The Wall Road Journal reported he used racially insensitive language to explain NFL Gamers Affiliation government director DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 electronic mail.
On Monday, the New York Instances reported it reviewed extra emails and located Gruden denounced girls being employed as on-field officers, a crew drafting an overtly homosexual participant and the tolerance for nationwide anthem protesters.
The Instances mentioned the emails have been despatched to Bruce Allen, the previous president of the Washington Soccer Group, over a seven-year interval, inflicting many to query why he was allowed to remain in his position for therefore lengthy. Allen was fired by the group in December 2019.
On Friday, an NFL spokesperson mentioned the e-mail reported within the Wall Road Journal was unearthed as a part of an NFL evaluation of office misconduct on the Washington Soccer Group that passed off this summer season.
CNN has reached out once more to Gruden, the NFL and the Raiders for remark.
‘That is not acceptable’
“Jon Gruden wasn’t sending these emails to himself, there have been different those that knew about it,” Russell added.
“There have been different those that have been concerned throughout the league and this went unchecked for years so no, resigning is just not accountability, it isn’t sufficient — it is one thing reactive.”
The Raiders launched an announcement wherein Gruden introduced his resignation, saying: “I am sorry, I by no means meant to harm anybody.”
The assertion has been criticized for not addressing all of the subjects that Gruden had lined within the emails.
“To say he did not imply to harm anybody, that is not acceptable,” Russell mentioned.
“, nowadays, what these phrases imply, what that claims to your character, what that claims to your group and what that may do to your legacy.
“You damage individuals, you damage actually everybody, and there’s no assertion that you may put out that may take that again.”
‘Uncover the actual ideas of Jon Gruden’
“How would Jon Gruden, after sending that homophobic electronic mail, with gamers realizing that is what he actually thinks, how would he rise up in the course of the room and lead this group of males with a number of individuals in that locker room realizing that, privately, he makes enjoyable of them or is in opposition to them?” Rapoport mentioned.
“It couldn’t work. That partially explains why Jon Gruden resigned to proprietor Mark Davis after which to his workers final night time.”
Rapoport says 1000’s of emails from the investigation have but to be made public and is uncertain who else may very well be caught up in an analogous scenario.
“The report has not been made public. Most of those emails haven’t been made public,” he mentioned.
“Are they going to be or are we going to seek out out the key contents of leaders’ emails that comply with this sample?”
Given the work the league has carried out to be extra inclusive lately, Rapoport says many locally are simply relieved Gruden has determined to resign from his position.
“This can be a man, who publicly was one factor — he gave the impression to be a type of jovial, kooky chief — these emails clearly uncover the actual ideas of Jon Gruden,” he mentioned.
“I feel there are lots of people questioning — gamers, executives of shade, many whom I spoke to final night time, coaches of shade, or simply people — simply questioning if this particular person goes to get what he deserves.
“Is there going to be accountability? Are you simply allowed to do that?
“I feel when John Gurden resigned, a number of of the individuals I spoke with merely mentioned, ‘OK good, that is what it ought to be.'”
CNN’s Steve Almasy contributed reporting.