Monday night as I watched my Tampa Bay Rays succumb to the Boston Red Sox (congratulations to both on outstanding regular seasons – the American League East was a beast!) the news came across that Jon Gruden had resigned as Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I promise I will show how the last part relates to American politics.
For the record I’ve never been a huge Gruden fan. I lived in the Tampa Bay area when he won the 2003 Super Bowl with basically Tony Dungy’s team. My gut always told me Gruden was somewhat of a rectum (gotta protect that PG rating) and now history is proving my gut to be correct.
Gruden’s demise was the unearthing of a plethora of emails in which he made various, homophobic, racist and misogynistic comments proving him to be a relic and/or a rectum (my guess is both). My prediction is that he will not be the last person outed by this NFL investigation.
This scandal comes on the heals of a somewhat similar one in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) which is no way has the same impact on America. The NFL is big time; the NWSL hardly followed. Quick, name five teams in that league. However, it shows which way the “wind is blowing” in American cultural norms. We are becoming a more inclusive society. The days of the old straight white boys’ club are numbered. However, the dinosaurs do seem to have a political home in the current Republican Party. Are Gruden’s words really much different from those communicated by Donald Trump and his core supporters?
One of the reasons I like sports is because it is about as close to a meritocracy as we come to in America. There are some constraints, but for the most part talent, especially at the player level, will rule the day. My hope is that, in this case, sports are setting a trend for America. There is no place for hate in our society. We cannot improve (remember the a more perfect union thing) if we exclude the majority of American. America is much more than a country of white, straight, males. Forget morals because most Republicans do not have them. Simply from a resource allocation perspective we cannot maximize if we exclude all women, non heterosexuals and people of color – that is the majority of the domestic human “asset pool”.
That begs the question: What’s left for Gruden? He would make a great Trump endorsed Republican candidate. Can you imagine the emails?
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