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.”
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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