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Tampa Bay Buccaneers remove Gruden from Ring of Honor

Jon Gruden has stepped down as the Las Vegas Raiders' head coach over offensive emails, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have also responded to the scandal.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers remove Gruden from Ring of Honor

Jon Gruden has been removed from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Ring of Honor after the Super Bowl champions' former coach left the Las Vegas Raiders following the release of offensive emails.

Newspaper investigations uncover Gruden emails 

Gruden resigned as Raiders coach on Monday following articles in The Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

The pieces exposed Gruden's use of racist, homophobic and misogynistic terms in emails that reportedly date back to 2010.

Gruden, who came out of retirement to take over at the Raiders in 2018, spent six years in Tampa between 2002 and 2008.

He led the team to victory at Super Bowl XXXVII and was inducted into the franchise's Ring of Honor in 2017.

Gruden's actions "go against our core values", Bucs say

However, following the controversy, Gruden has now been stripped of this accolade, with the Bucs releasing a statement on Tuesday.

"The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have advocated for purposeful change in the areas of race relations, gender equality, diversity and inclusion for many years," the franchise said.

"While we acknowledge Jon Gruden’s contributions on the field, his actions go against our core values as an organisation. Therefore, he will no longer continue to be a member of the Buccaneers Ring of Honor."