Jon Gruden and other celebs accused of homophobia and transphobia
The Las Vegas Raiders coach resigns following use of homophobic slurs in emails
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As if the world weren't difficult enough for the LGBTQ community, plenty of celebrities have used their positions as role models to make homophobic and/or transphobic comments. While some of these remarks appear born out of carelessness, others seemed to have plenty of intent behind them. And whereas some have apologized, others have certainly not.
Jon Gruden had already landed himself in hot water with a racist email he sent in 2011 directed at NFL Players Association president DeMaurice Smith, but a new report by The New York Times has revealed that the Las Vegas Raiders head coach has also used homophobic slurs in his emails. According to TMZ, Gruden targeted Roger Goodell in several instances—including writing that Goodell should not have pressured former NFL coach, Jeff Fisher, to draft "queers" in 2014—as well as using other offensive language to describe NFL owners, coaches, and also Caitlyn Jenner after she received an award from ESPN in 2015 following her transition.
In the wake of all the backlash, Gruden released a statement on October 11 officially resigning from his position as head coach. He wrote, "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."
So, which other stars have faced such swift and immense backlash? Click on to find out.
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