Shaun King was on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a brief period when Jon Gruden was the head coach of the organization, and he responded to the fallout from the email on Tuesday.
The former NFL quarterback said Compare.bet he was shocked after Gruden's first email was obtained by The Wall Street Journal last week.
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Quarterback Brad Johnson (14) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers talks to his head coach Jon Gruden during the game against the Tennessee Titans on December 28, 2003, at the Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Buccaneers, 33-13. Quarterback Shaun King (10) is on the left. (Photo by Elsa / Images)
" The prThe first email I saw was the worst job at (NFLPA Executive Director) DeMaurice Smith. I was shocked, actually, because it was so unpleasant and so unnecessary. It shows that sometimes you think you know someone, and maybe you don't. You just know what their presentation is for you. It was disappointing, "King said.
King told the website that he knew Gruden was done once The New York Times published the other emails, which showed homophobic and misogynistic comments and other vulgar remarks about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
"What the NFL pushed from a point of narrative view? Upward mobility and equality for women. You see women hired in many organizations in traditionally reserved roles.to men. And inclusiveness, whether sexual, religious, right to demonstrate. When those emails went out, I knew the end was near. You can't defend this verbiage "King told Compare.bet.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Shaun King (10) talks to head coach Jon Gruden during the game against the Titans in Tennessee on December 28, 2003, at the Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Elsa / Images)
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"A championship football team is built on responsibility, discipline and respect. The fact that they have a gay player, and then he pulls out what he said to About the kid from Missouri who was drafted (Michael Sam) It's impossible now to go to (Carl Nassib) and explain that. "
The former quarterback erback said he has never had a negative interaction with Gruden, but the emails show a different person than the personthat he knew.
"He just has to look inside, because when you write something like that and send it, you really mean it . If you joke with your boys, hydrate yourself and have a few cocktails, someone might say something fishy. But when you sit down and form sentences .... In my personal interactions with Jon Gruden, I never considered him racist, but these emails describe a different person "he added.
The coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jon Gruden, leads Team North at the 2007 Under Armor Senior Bowl in Mobile on Jan. 27. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt / Images) (Photo by A. Messerschmidt / Images)
King was a backup quarterback for the Buccaneers in 2002 when Brad Johnson and the Tampa Bay stellar defense led the team to a Super Bowl victory. He would play four games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2004 before to jump from team to team. He would never see another after the death.sound 2004.
The former second-round pick would play in the Arena Football League and the Canadian Football League ahead of go into coaching.