NFL legend Randy Moss gave emotional remarks on his reaction to the Jon Gruden email fallout on Sunday ahead of the league’s Week 5 slate of games.
Moss, who played with the Raiders after the Gruden area, put the NFL on notice telling his ESPN colleagues that the “clock is ticking for the league.”
“Now we have a bump of the road from leadership coming from above from our head coach. So how can we focus on going into a game where we’re uncertain where this is going or what direction our team is going in? … We’re going into the 21st century, OK? Instead of us moving forward, we’re moving backward. And I really don’t know what percentage of the National Football League is Black but I know it’s over 50%, 60-70%. And I know we generate a whole lotta money for this National Football League and for you to hear Adam Schefter talk about some discipline from [Mark] Davis, the clock is ticking,” Moss said.
“We are watching to see what the National Football League is going to do about this because like I just said, we’re trying to move forward going into the 21st century with the National Football League and you’re talking about the kids from 10, 15 years from now that’s going to come into the league, what is this showing them? If they’re coming in to try and keep this National Football League going, generating all this money and being this entertainment for our country. Where are we heading?
“So, today, going against the Bears, this locker room Sam is totally divided because it’s time and time again we gotta continue to hear about race. Ya’ll sit up here and hear me talk year in and year out about the brotherhood. I really appreciate the brotherhood because it helps me gain and have relationships with guys I woulda never had met in my whole lifetime. That’s what the National Football League gave me.
“But for now and for us to go with the move from Oakland to Las Vegas – ’10, ’11, ’15 I don’t care when it is – you have a leader of an organization that’s leading a group of men from different walks of life, of different nationalities and racism is a big concern … I don’t know where the Raiders move from here but the clock is ticking for the National Football League.”
Moss appeared to weep a bit when he continued on.
“National Football League, this hurts me.”
Gruden came under fire Friday after it was revealed he used racist language in a 2011 email describing NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith while he was a commentator at ESPN.
Gruden’s email was obtained by The Wall Street Journal and included remarks about Smith’s facial features.
“Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin tires,” Gruden wrote in the email, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Gruden told The Wall Street Journal he was angry at the time at the direction of the players, which were led by Smith. He claimed in the past he had referred to people who he believed were lying as “rubber lips” and that he took things “too far.”
“I was upset. I used a horrible way of explaining it,” Gruden said.
“I don’t think he’s dumb. I don’t think he’s a liar. I don’t have a racial bone in my body, and I’ve proven that for 58 years.”