TIME’S UP Statement on Jon Gruden’s Resignation

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Late Monday, Jon Gruden, coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, resigned following reports on the NFL’s workplace misconduct investigation into the Washington Football Team that revealed Gruden had sent  homophobic, misogynistic and racist emails to Bruce Allen, former president of the Washington Football Team, and others. In response, Monifa Bandele, interim CEO of TIME’S UP, offered the following statement:

“TIME’S UP is again calling on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to take swift and immediate action to hold accountable those that continue to perpetuate a hostile work environment throughout the league. This problem did not start, nor will it end, with Jon Gruden and Bruce Allen. Racism, sexism, homophobia and harassment have long pervaded the NFL. While the NFL has committed itself a more inclusive workplace, achieving that goal will be a mere dream unless real, lasting action is taken by the leadership of the NFL that reaches far and wide across the leagues.

To those who were the subject of the recently released emails, TIME’S UP stands in solidarity with you. You deserve transparency, accountability and swift action — not more unfulfilled promises. TIME’S UP is calling on the NFL to use this moment to once and for all disrupt the systemic, pervasive imbalance of power throughout the league and guarantee a safe, equitable workplace for all its employees.”

TIME’S UP Foundation

The TIME’S UP™ Foundation insists upon safe, fair, and dignified work for all by changing culture, companies, and laws. We enable more people to seek justice through the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund™. We pioneer innovative research driving toward solutions to address systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace through the TIME’S UP Impact Lab. And we reshape key industries from within so they serve as a model for all industries. The TIME’S UP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.