The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Las Vegas Raiders coach John Gruden used racist language to convince the president of the National Football League Players Association.
According to the magazine, Gruden described NFLPA executive director Dee Maurice Smith as using racist anti-black images in an email sent to team executives on July 21, 2011.
“Dumboris Smith’s lips are about the size of a Michelin tire,” Gruden wrote in an email to Bruce Allen, the former president of the franchise, now known as the Washington Football Team, the magazine reported.
The NFL is considering Gruden’s position with the Raiders over potential discipline, sources familiar with the matter told the magazine.
The same day Gruden sent the email, the NFL and its players were trying to resolve the lockdown, the magazine reported. This was a suspension of work imposed by the league owners, which lasted from 12 March 2011 to 25 July 2011.
NFL owners voted to ratify the new collective bargaining agreement on July 21, but the players opted out of the vote.
According to the magazine, Gruden cited the lockdown to harass him during a racist remark. He said he does not trust the stance of the NFL player led by Smith in the talks.
Gruden called out those who believed he was lying “rubber lips” in the past and said he considered it “overkill,” according to the magazine.
“I was upset,” Gruden told the magazine. “I used a terrible way to explain it.”
“I don’t think he’s a liar. I don’t think he’s a liar,” Gruden said. “I don’t have racial bones in my body, and I’ve proven it for 58 years.”
In response to Gruden’s comment, Smith said it was “probably not the last” but the first racist remark he received.
“This is a thick-skinned job for black people, as it has always been for many people who look like me and work for American companies,” Smith said in a statement. where did it go. “I know people can say racist things behind you, just like you see people talking and writing about you using racist language.”
Gruden’s newly disclosed statement comes from Smith’s position as out of balance as the NFLPA’s managing director.
On Tuesday night, ESPN reported Wednesday that the NFLPA executive committee voted to decide whether to allow Smith to continue his job for the past 12 years. The 14-member committee was divided equally with 7 to 7 votes.
According to ESPN, the NFLPA’s 32 team player representatives are set to vote for Smith’s position on Friday at 6 p.m. EST.
CNBC’s Jabri Young contributed to this report.