Steelers coach Mike Tomlin coached for four years under Jon Gruden. He won a Super Bowl with him following the 2003 season and credits Gruden for helping him grow as a young assistant coach.
In the wake of Gruden’s resignation following leaked emails that detailed his use of homophobic, racist and misogynistic language, Tomlin addressed the developments around his former boss Tuesday afternoon during his weekly news conference.
“I’m just saddened by it,” Tomlin said. “I’m saddened for the Raiders organization. I’m saddened for the people who were offended by it. I’m saddened for coach Gruden. It’s a sad commentary. That’s the only opinion I care to share at this juncture.”
Gruden resigned Monday night after more emails detailed his language in describing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, female officials and homosexuals in the league. This report was preceded by a report from the Wall Street Journal that detailed racist language in an email about NFLPA union head DeMaurice Smith, who is Black.