What did Keyshawn Johnson say about Jon Gruden?

Joshua Rogers October 12, 2021
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The former Las Vegas Raiders head coach announced his resignation following offensive emails dating back to 2011. But what did Keyshawn Johnson say about Jon Gruden on ESPN today?

Jon Gruden resigns from Raiders

Jon Gruden, the Las Vegas Raiders head coach, resigned following the emergence of emails going back a decade.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported Gruden used language containing misogynistic and homophobic remarks in a series of emails from 2011.

Gruden was reportedly describing the appearance of DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association.

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Keyshawn Johnson sounds off on Jon Gruden

One person who wasn’t surprised by the events was ESPN’s Keyshawn Johnson.

Johnson played for Gruden as a star wide receiver with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the early 2000s. They even won Super Bowl XXXVII together.

However, appearing on Keyshawn, JWill, and Max on Thursday, Johnson went in on Gruden, labelling him a “used car salesman”.

“I also saw through who he was through the journey of getting a championship,” he added.

“From day one, he’s been a used car salesman. And people bought it because he inherited a championship team from Tony Dungy and Rich McKay, and he came in there with a little bit of different energy than we had with Tony, and it kind of kicked us over the top to get a world championship, which I’m grateful for.”

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Social media reacts to Keyshawn’s reaction to Gruden

Twitter was awash with comments following Keyshawn’s shock statement on Gruden.

Here’s what people had to say

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