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John Gruden has lost an endorsement deal with sneaker company Skechers, the company said Tuesday, less than 24 hours after he stepped down as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders amid reports he sent racist and homophobic emails .

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After Skechers “immediately terminated” Gruden’s contract new York Times Company spokeswoman Jennifer Clay on Monday reported several years-old emails she sent Businesshala in a statement (USA Today First reported).

company announced Gruden’s endorsement deal in January, and he appeared in an ad several months later, Las Vegas Review Journal Reported in April.

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“We believe it is imperative to take a stand against racist or derogatory comments and to involve all,” Clay wrote.

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Also on Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — which won their first Super Bowl during the Gruden’s tenure as coach In the 2000s – Told Many Media shops This would remove Gruden’s name from the team’s Ring of Honor, which lists Leading former coach and player. The team reportedly said, “While we acknowledge John Gruden’s contributions on the field, his actions go against our core values ​​as an organization.” Businesshala has reached out to Bucs for comment.

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Gruden served as the Raiders’ coach from 2018 until Monday, when the team accepted his resignation. he caught fire Times And wall street journal Emails sent prior to 2018 were traced to Gruden, former Washington football team executive Bruce Allen, and several others. A decade earlier, Gruden used a racist caricature to describe the Black Head of the NFL Players Association. magazine Reported last week. Gruden also used a homophobic slur to describe NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, reportedly rebuking Goodell for forcing the Rams—who drafted openly gay Michael Sam—sign “queer”. To do and questioned the player who kneeled during the national anthem. Times.


Gruden apologized for his comments in an interview with NFL Players Association chief Demoris Smith magazine. He also apologized in a statement on Monday night. tweeted By the Raiders: “I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anybody,” he said.

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Gruden’s emails surfaced during extensive investigation into misconduct and harassment at Washington football team Times And magazine.

Skechers dumps former Raiders coach John Gruden as brand ambassador after homophobic, misogynistic emails surface (USA TODAY)