There is a wave of wokeism washing across our great nation. Every time it’s revealed that someone has said something or done something against the cancel culture agenda, they must pay unrealistic consequences for the mistake.
The breadth of the cancel culture edicts to erase anything they do not like is overwhelming the nation. Even a self-proclaimed liberal was forced to vacate an opportunity as the editor of a world-renowned fashion magazine. Now, cancel culture has set their eyes on professional sports.
Once again, they’re calling for the head of someone who said something they consider offensive. Jon Gruden, now the former head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, is the most recent target. To recap, Gruden sent some unflattering emails roughly 10 years ago.
The wording in these private communications does not show favorably on the former Super Bowl Champion coach’s level of sensitivity. However, they were his own thoughts. He did not discriminate or otherwise do harm to any person because of their race, color, gender or sexual belief.
The comments were brash, but they were not slanderous. However, despite their being a full decade of social change since Gruden made them, cancel culture has forced the successful sideline general to resign from his job.
According to the New York Times,
When the vaunted N.F.L. coach Jon Gruden was confronted with a racist email he had sent in 2011 to insult the head of the players’ union, he said he went too far but didn’t have “a blade of racism” in him.
But league officials as part of a separate workplace misconduct investigation that did not directly involve him have found that Gruden, now the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, casually and frequently unleashed misogynistic and homophobic language over several years to denigrate people around the game and to mock some of the league’s momentous changes.
Gruden’s messages were sent to Bruce Allen, the former president of the Washington Football Team, and others, while he was working for ESPN as a color analyst during “Monday Night Football,” the sports network’s weekly prime-time telecast of N.F.L. games. In the emails, Gruden called the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, a “fa***t” and a “clueless anti football pu**y” and said that Goodell should not have pressured Jeff Fisher, then the coach of the Rams, to draft “qu**rs,” a reference to Michael Sam, a gay player chosen by the team in 2014.
Gruden also criticized President Obama during his re-election campaign in 2012, as well as then-vice president Joe Biden, whom Gruden called a “nervous clueless pu**y.” He used similar words to describe Goodell and DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the N.F.L. Players Association.
The league is already investigating Gruden as a result of another email he wrote to Allen in 2011 in which he used racist terms to describe Smith, who is Black.
In that email, Gruden, who is white and was working for ESPN at the time, criticized Smith’s intelligence and used a racist trope to describe his face. The correspondence was first reported by The Wall Street Journal and confirmed by The New York Times.
Twitter exploded with comments in favor of both sides of the discussion. Many rightfully condemned the comments for what they were, wrong. However, others seemed to target only Joe Gruden’s livelihood as an NFL head coach.
A noted comparison was made to a current NFL quarterback facing actual criminal allegations. Houston Texans’ QB Deshaun Watson is staring at a number of civil accusations of sexual misconduct, but he still has a job.
No one from the radical cancel culture has screamed for Watson’s dismissal. It is a clear case of the pronounced disparity injustice. The left advocates for the harshest of consequences for the least of mistakes by anyone who is conservative.
It is a double standard that is eroding our nation’s core value of free speech. Raiders owner Mike Davis made it clear he was uncomfortable with what transpired. A week ago, he said his office was reviewing previous emails.
Davis considered the communications to be “disturbing and not something the Raiders stand for”. This is all well and good. However, the continued push to devastate lives for mistakes, mistakes that happened years ago, will not produce positive results.
All that will happen is that good people will be punished for these errors in judgment, regardless of changes they may have made. It’s not productive; however, it is currently the weapon being wielded by the crazed cancel culture in America. Jon Gruden, a successful coach in a violent sport, is the latest to pay an unrealistic price for his previous transgressions.