Even in 2000, when I was engaged to my wife, I was the best writer for The Post. At the clubhouse at Shea Stadium, I told the famous Met about the good news.
“What is his name?” said Matt.
It was an attempt at humor, but not so good. It was part of the homophobic and dressing room culture. Almost any athlete can tell a story like this.
We cite this to better explain the awkward club home culture that led to the indifference of the discrimination expressed by former Raiders boss John Gruden.
While the situation has improved over the past two decades, I’ve never heard of racism, homophobia, or sexism – when I covered the Yankees for a decade – it’s important to understand the context in which the Gruden case, the NFL and Roger Goodell’s hypocrisy dominates .
For his racist, sexual, and homophobic language, Gruden deserves what he got – he loses his leadership position in the Raiders. The NFL has set up a new language, it doesn’t accept that kind of language – it doesn’t have to – but it seems very selective. Because it is.
Gruden was an ESPN “Monday Night Football” analyst from 2011 to 2018 who sent emails to Washington football team management and others who accidentally had racist, homophobic, and sexist information, and perhaps why they were leaked to the public. for – insulted Goodell. .
According to the source, the league administration and Gruden have been at loggerheads for a long time because the ever-sensitive NFL did not like Gruden’s outspoken criticism of the league or his personal complaints about the direction of the game.
To this, in Gruden’s emails, Gruden described Goodell as “p -y” and “a -hole.” Gruden’s words are unclear, but the NFL protects some emails, not others.
The NFL has reportedly received 650,000 emails about the misconduct of a football team in Washington at the NFL workplace, but those from Gruden saw only daylight. Maybe there is no other interest, but why are some protected and others not?
The weekend of July 4 – a good time to hide the news – the NFL announced that the WFT was fined $ 10 million as a result of misconduct, but no conclusions were drawn.
“Club culture was very toxic and far below NFL values,” Liga Friel, the league’s special adviser on the investigation, told reporters during a conference.
The NFL didn’t stop Daniel Snyder. The NFL said nothing about its findings. NFL official Brian McCarthy did not return a message asking if the NFL was checking someone else with insulting words, that there were plans to release the remaining 650,000 emails, and how Gruden’s email was leaked.
While some make it a matter of privacy, Gruden is less sympathetic. He is losing his multi-level disqualified job by email.
But the NFL shouldn’t confuse some emails and sign others. The NFL has set a limit and now they all have to conform to it.
We don’t name Matt, who told us homophobic words. This was not technically on record and was not deleted. It just shows how things worked.
The situation is changing. The NFL has set its own limit, but if it really wants to do it right, it can’t be placed at someone’s height and someone else’s height. If Goodell behaves this way, the toxicity will never completely disappear.