Tony Dungy explains his Jon Gruden comments


Tony Dungy has the full picture now.

On Tuesday, the longtime NFL coach-turned-analyst attempted to clarify comments he made about Jon Gruden earlier in the week, when he said it was time to “move on” and “accept” Gruden’s apology for using a racial trope to describe NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith.

Dungy’s initial comments came before the New York Times published a story Monday containing emails from 2011-2018 that exposed homophobic and misogynistic comments from Gruden, as well.

“On [Sunday Night Football] I commented on an email sent by Jon Gruden,” Dungy, who is black like Smith, tweeted Tuesday. “I did not defend it. I said ‘inappropriate, immature, attack on a man’s character. Wrong!’ I did not attribute it all to racism and said given a single incident 10 yrs ago we should accept his apology and move on.”

“Now more e mails [sic] have come,” Dungy wrote in a second tweet. “More inappropriate, immature, wrongful attacks on the character of people from all walks of life. I don’t defend those either and given the apparent pattern of behavior the Raiders did the appropriate thing in terminating Jon Gruden.”

Tony Dungy is willing to forgive Jon Gruden — if he shows remorse.
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Gruden resigned as Raiders coach on Monday and was removed from the Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor on Tuesday.

Dungy said he does not view Gruden — who succeeded him as coach of the Buccaneers in 2002 — as irredeemable.

“That being said, if Jon Gruden shows TRUE remorse-and more importantly changes his mindset and actions-I would forgive him,” he wrote. “As Christians that’s what the Bible commands us to do because that’s what God does for us. I know that’s not popular but it’s biblical.”


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