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Bucs to remove Gruden from team Ring of Honor

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden addresses fans as he is inducted into the...
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden addresses fans as he is inducted into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor during halftime of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)(AP)
Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 11:11 AM EDT
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Tampa Bay is breaking up with Jon Gruden -- again.

The team announced Tuesday that it is removing the former Buccaneers head coach from its Ring of Honor, one day after his resignation as Las Vegas Raiders head coach.

"The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have advocated for purposeful change in the areas of race relations, gender equality, diversity and inclusion for many years," a team statement read. "While we acknowledge Jon Gruden's contributions on the field, his actions go against our core values as an organization. Therefore, he will no longer continue to be a member of the Buccaneers Ring of Honor."

Gruden resigned Monday in the wake of several articles detailing his use of racist, homophobic and misogynistic terms in emails dating to 2010.

The emails were discovered during an NFL investigation into workplace misconduct involving the Washington Football Team.

According to the New York Times, the emails were sent to Bruce Allen, Washington's former team president. He was fired by the organization in December 2019.

Gruden was in his second stint with the Raiders after signing a 10-year, $100 million contract in 2018 and helping the team transition from Oakland to Las Vegas.

He was traded from the Raiders to the Buccaneers after the 2001 season and led Tampa Bay to its first Super Bowl to cap the 2002 season. But Gruden was fired by the franchise after the 2008 season and a 57-55 record through seven years with his hometown team.

Gruden was a 2017 Buccaneers Ring of Honor inductee.

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