Clay: Gruden Gone While Rappers And Watson Continue To Represent NFL

Jon Gruden resigned as Las Vegas Raiders coach before he could be fired over offensive emails sent a decade ago. Yet the lyrics sung at Super Bowl halftime shows are at least equally offensive — and that is why Clay Travis says the NFL is looking pretty hypocritical right now.

“Every rapper the NFL has performing at the Super Bowl has more offensive lyrics than Jon Gruden had in his emails. How does the NFL reconcile the difference in treatment?” Clay asked in a series of tweets. “These are questions all sports media would be asking if they were real journalists.

“I have no problem with rap lyrics, by the way, just like I have no problem with Dave Chappelle’s comedy routines. If you don’t like something, don’t watch or listen yourself. But canceling performers you don’t like is the antithesis of America’s marketplace of ideas.”

And let’s not forget about Deshaun Watson, the standout quarterback who continues to collect a hefty paycheck from the Houston Texans — for just standing on the sideline — even though he’s been accused of sexually assaulting 24 women.

“(Watson) is currently eligible to play in the NFL. Yet Jon Gruden was just forced to resign as a coach because of years old derogatory emails,” Clay tweeted. “Actions used to matter more than words. Now it’s the opposite.”

Clay wasn’t indicting Watson, either.

“And, by the way, I’m not saying Deshaun Watson sexually assaulted anyone, but which is the more severe potential issue?” he asked. “The guy who sent old offensive emails or the guy that may have sexually assaulted 24 women? Which would you prefer to employ, if you had to choose?”

Oftentimes, it seems decisions like the one handed down on Gruden are the result of the mobs on Facebook and Twitter.

“This is representative of the social media world we’ve created,” Clay wrote. “You’re better off being accused of actual violent crimes than sending inappropriate emails. Seems entirely backwards to me.”

Clay promised that he’ll have much more to say on the Gruden drama during Tuesday’s Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. The liberal media and especially social media is afraid to call out the degeneracy of people who look like Watson or rappers who glofify any number of vile, profane, degernate behaviors and lifestyles. Everything the black community does is accepted. Talk about slave mentality. Government housing, a plan espoused by Demokkkrats, is the new plantation along with being a Demokkkrat.

  2. Gruden was fired for being a Moron. Its one thing to make offensive generalizations not about anyone in particular. Email isn’t private especially when any party is using a work email. If Watson faces charges he likely will never play a down again.

    • Remind me again what charges Gruden is facing? Since apparently that is the standard at which it is acceptable to fire somebody, Gruden must therefore have been charged with something, right?

      Also, how do you reconcile that with the fact that Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre and Eminem have all been convicted of felonies but are still scheduled to perform?

      • Just to be 100% clear, the NFL hired Dr Dre for this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. In 1992 he beat up a television interviewer for including disses against him (made by other people, not her) in her TV report. Here’s a description of the assault:

        Dr Dre picked her up by her hair and “began slamming her head and the right side of her body repeatedly against a brick wall near the stairway” as his bodyguard held off the crowd with a gun. After Dr. Dre tried to throw her down the stairs and failed, he began kicking her in the ribs and hands. She escaped and ran into the women’s rest room. Dr. Dre followed her and “grabbed her from behind by the hair again and proceeded to punch her in the back of the head.”

        In addition to this, he was convicted of battery of a police officer, led police on a 90 mph chase with a blood alcohol level of 0.16, was accused of domestic abuse by one of his exes, and was accused of beating a female rapper for being critical of him in one of her songs.

        If Gruden needs to be forced out of the NFL despite his apologies, how can you possibly justify having this notorious woman-beater perform at the NFL halftime show?

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