‘Just sad about it’: Rams’ Sean McVay speaks on resignation of mentor Jon Gruden


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay known as the state of affairs surrounding former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden, additionally McVay’s mentor and former boss, “unlucky” and “unhappy.”

“It is actually an unlucky state of affairs that is gone on with the Raiders and coach Gruden,” McVay stated to open his routine pre-practice information convention on Wednesday. “Hated that so many individuals have been negatively affected by this, ideas and prayers are with all these folks which might be, and actually simply wish to go away it at that.”

Gruden resigned from his place Monday evening following a New York Occasions report that exposed leaked emails from him that used racist, misogynistic and anti-gay language. McVay’s uncle, Jim McVay, was amongst recipients listed on among the emails, which had been a part of a league investigation into office misconduct with the Washington Soccer Group.

When Gruden served as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he employed McVay for his first NFL job, naming him an assistant receivers coach in 2008.

Since changing into head coach of the Rams, the 35-year-old McVay has repeatedly expressed gratitude and appreciation for what Gruden, 58, has meant to him and his household, whereas emphasizing how a lot it is meant to have Gruden as a mentor.

Regardless of an preliminary effort to focus Wednesday’s information convention on the Rams’ (4-1) upcoming matchup on the 1-4 New York Giants (1 p.m. ET, Fox), McVay answered 10 questions relating to Gruden’s state of affairs.

“Simply unhappy about it,” McVay stated when requested for his response to the content material of Gruden’s emails. “It is unlucky and simply wish to actually go away it at that.”

When requested to make clear what facet of the state of affairs brought on him disappointment, whether or not it’s the content material or the fallout for Gruden, McVay expanded.

“The entire above,” McVay stated. “I simply assume it is a actually unlucky circumstance. So I am unhappy for the many individuals which have been negatively affected, anyone that was offended by this, there’s a variety of households, there’s a variety of issues that go into this and there is lots of people which have been affected and that is what I am unhappy about. It is form of a tragic commentary throughout and it is unlucky that we’re even speaking about it proper now.”

McVay stated he has not been involved with Gruden because the information of his resignation broke and regardless of teaching for the Washington Soccer Group from 2010 to 2016, McVay stated he was not contacted by the NFL as a part of its investigation.

Regardless of McVay’s longstanding relationship with Gruden, McVay stated the content material of Gruden’s emails got here as a shock.

“All I do know is I can solely converse on my particular person interactions with him,” McVay stated. “I have not seen any of these forms of issues that you’d anticipate, that form of stuff to return out in writing or no matter. We’re answerable for the issues that we do say, however I’ve not seen that aspect of him and I used to be stunned by that.”

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