2:55 PM PT – The Buccaneers have followed in the footsteps of the Sketchers and severed ties with Gruden … announcing Tuesday that the coach will no longer be recognized at the Tampa Bay Ring of Honor.
“We accept John Gruden’s contributions on the field,” the team said, “and their actions are contrary to our core values as an organization.”
“Therefore, he will no longer be a member of the Buccaneers Ring of Honor.”
Gruden was the Bucks coach from 2002 to 2008 … won a Super Bowl with the team.
First, John Gruden Lost a job … Now, he has lost his big sponsorship.
Sketchers has canceled his contract with the former Las Vegas Raiders head coach … who wrote racist, homophobic and misogynistic emails from 2011 to 2018 after 58 years of learning.
“Sketchers are aware of the latest press report in their emails from John Gruden, which has led to his resignation from his NFL coaching position,” the Shoe Giant spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Upon learning of these developments, we immediately terminated Mr. Gruden’s endorsement agreement and our relationship with him.”
Gruden has been one of the faces of sketchers appearing in company ads for the past several months.
“Sketchers believe in equality, fostering tolerance and understanding for all people,” the spokesman said. “Why do we have a zero-tolerance policy for such behavior within our business, including who we are as a global lifestyle brand and who we work formally with?”
“We believe it is essential to take a stand against racist or derogatory remarks and to include it all.”
The news comes a day later Gruden was expelled He followed the news that he threw anti-gay abuse at the Las Vegas boss Roger Goodell And has used other offensive language in many emails.
In announcing his separation with the Raiders … Gruden apologized for the messages and said, “I have no intention of hurting anyone.”
The Raiders are named Rich Bisakia Become their provisional head coach in the wake of Gruden’s departure.
Originally published – 2:48 PM PT