Former NFL head coach Jon Gruden reportedly used an extremely vulgar term to describe-then Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer in a 2012 e-mail.
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform provided another e-mail exchange between Gruden and former Washington Commanders President and General Manager Bruce Allen and according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Gruden referred to Palmer as “another p–sy USC quarterback.”
In October of 2021, Gruden announced his resignation from the Raiders following the disturbing details that emerged from leaked e-mails. The investigation found that from 2011 to 2018, Gruden used racist, homophobic and misogynistic terms in several e-mails.
Gruden’s emails included attacks on NFLPA Exec. Director DeMaurice Smith, league commissioner Roger Goodell and former NFL player Michael Sam.
Palmer was acquired by the Raiders in a 2011 trade with the Cincinnati Bengals, who had moved forward with rookie Andy Dalton as their starting quarterback. He played with the Raiders through the 2012 season before getting traded to the Arizona Cardinals, where Palmer enjoyed a career revival under “Quarterbacks Whisperer” Bruce Arians.
Gruden was fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a disappointing 2008 season. From 2009 to 2017, he worked as an analyst in the booth on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” program.
After a decade away from coaching, Gruden returned to the sidelines after Raiders owner Mark Davis handed him a massive 10-year contract worth $100 million. There was a lot of buzz surrounding Gruden’s return to coaching, but Davis’ lucrative signing simply did not pan out.