Welcome to Deadspin IDIOT OF THE YEAR parties! Numbers 50 to 11 are available for you to enjoy here. And our top ten:
10. Thom Brennaman
9. Ted Cruz
8. Rob Manfred
7. Kyrie Irving
6. Sage Steele
5. Urban Meyer
4. Chicago Blackhawks
3. Trevor Bauer
2. Aaron Rodgers
1. Jon Gruden
Have you ever wondered if Hillary Clinton sent Jon Gruden a thank you card? Because before this year, she was the face of an email scandal, until Gruden told the woman she should have been the legitimate 45th president to “keep the beer.”
The former Las Vegas Raiders coach has proven once and for all just how good mediocre white men are in this world when the guy in the middle of a 10-year $ 100 million deal – with a win rate just over. 500 – has been alleged to be a member of the hateful trinity since his 2011 emails (when he was a TV analyst) showed that he despises blacks, women, and the LGBTQ community.
Gruden said NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith had “lips the size of Michelin tires”. He actually tried to claim that one was not a racist, he did not have “a racist bone” in his body. He used homophobic slurs to describe NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and openly gay recruiter Michael Sam, who never made a team. (Gruden was the coach of Carl Nassib in Las Vegas, the league’s first openly gay player.) He also mocked the league using female referees and criticized Eric Reid and (who gets stuck by the league) for Colin’s kneeling move. Kaepernick.
And let’s not forget that Gruden is also why the Raiders nearly broke the Rooney Rule when Mark Davis practically admitted hiring Gruden before firing Jack Del Rio. With Gruden in his place, the Raiders hired Mike Mayock as their general manager, a guy with no previous front office experience before he landed the job – and who once said he would take Blaine Gabbert instead of Cam Newton when he was an analyst at project on NFL Network.
Gruden has already filed a lawsuit against the league for “character assignment”.
“There is no explanation or justification for why Gruden’s emails were the only ones made public out of the 650,000 emails collected in the NFL investigation of the Washington football team or why The emails were held for months before being released in the middle of the Raiders’ season, “Adam Hosmer-Henner, one of Gruden’s attorneys, said in a statement.
Gruden had to leave, but he’s also just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to NFL corruption. Because until Dan Snyder is removed to Washington and … emails are released about Colin Kaepernick, Gruden will be seen as the only rotten apple instead of the fruit that fell from a toxic tree planted in a contaminated orchard.
If the NFL has exposed Gruden to distract from something worse happening in Washington, the league could have the inner trace of the Idiot of the Year 2022.