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Andy Reid breaks the silence over Jon Gruden’s fallout with Raiders

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When Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid met the media for the first time on Wednesday October 13 since Jon Gruden, head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, resigned after an email leak, reported on Wall Street Journal and the New York Times – that detailed racist, misogynistic and homophobic statements by Gruden, it was natural that Reid was asked about the situation.

Before he could even be asked, however, the Kansas City head coach recognized the elephant in the room.

“I’m sure someone will ask me about Jon Gruden’s situation,” Reid said in his opening speech.

But instead of sharing his feelings about the situation, Reid put aside any questions that would be asked about Gruden.

“I won’t go into that,” he said about Rob Collins of FOX 4 Kansas City. “I think it’s a difficult thing overall, but I’ll just stay away from it. I just appreciate the courtesy as well. I have gained nothing with what I said. “

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Distracting any questions that have been asked about reasons before they are asked is, let’s call it – a for sure Maneuver for Reid. This meant that no one could overstate Reid’s remarks, be it for or against him. However, the decision not to comment on the situation at all is even more worrying for the Kansas City head coach.

Instead of condemning Gruden’s comments, Reid chose instead to take no stance at all, which was a decision not to use his platform as an opportunity to condemn hate speech.

This is a wasted – and even more a missed – opportunity for Big Red. As a respected coach who will eventually be considered one of the greatest coaches of all time, this was the perfect opportunity to be on the front lines in the fight against racism, homophobia and misogyny stand. However, Reid chose to watch the fight from the sidelines this time.

Brandon Staley, senior coach for the Los Angeles Chargers’ first year, handled the situation very differently. He was asked about Gruden on Wednesday October 13 during his first press conference after Gruden’s resignation and had a very thoughtful answer.

“Perspective and trust in this world are really, really hard to come by,” Staley said. “I think of all the people who were affected by these emails – whether you are a person of color, whether you are a person, you know, a gender, your sexual orientation. I think about it because it is a sacred cloak that someone calls you a coach or someone who calls you a leader. “

Compared to Staley’s comments, Reid’s comments – or lack thereof – were disappointing to say the least.

Raiders general manager Mike Mayock held a press conference on Wednesday, October 13, for the first time since Gruden’s resignation. His overall message has been that of the organization, which has been endorsed by owner Mark Davis since his appointment as GM in 2019.

“Since the day I took this job nearly three years ago, Mr. Davis has preached three things: diversity, social justice, and [addressing] domestic violence, ”Mayock said. “When it comes to Jon Gruden’s situation, we respect everyone [Davis’] Decisions and we will move forward accordingly. “

Mayock also praised Rich Bisaccia, the interim head coach of Las Vegas.

“I’ve supported him for many head coaching jobs over the years, both in college and in the NFL when I had another job,” Mayock said of Bisaccia, who has coached for 38 years and in the NFL since 2002, pro CBS Sports. “He has as much respect in our locker room as any coach I’ve ever seen in my life. And the reason he does this … is he a great coach? Hell yes. But he’s an even better man. … He is the most natural leader of men that I have ever met. “

“I’ve supported him for many head coaching jobs over the years, both in college and in the NFL when I had another job,” Mayock said of Bisaccia, who has coached for 38 years and in the NFL since 2002, pro CBS Sports. “He has as much respect in our locker room as any coach I’ve ever seen in my life. And the reason he does this … is he a great coach? Hell yes. But he’s an even better man. … He is the most natural leader of men that I have ever met. “



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