Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis declined to comment on Jon Gruden’s situation and instead referred a reporter to the NFL.
While everyone in the NFL has been talking about Jon Gruden’s demise, Raiders owner Mark Davis stayed calm until he finally broke his silence on Wednesday.
What did Davis have to say after all this time? Essentially nothing remarkable. In a safe public relations act, Davis directed ESPN reporter Paul Gutierrez to speak to the NFL instead.
Some criticize the Raiders owner for showing a lack of leadership and accountability in his response, calling Davis a “coward”.
Raiders owner Mark Davis replies “no comment” when asked about Jon Gruden emails
Declining a comment doesn’t mean Davis won’t comment on the situation in the future. In the past, Davis has been a vocal supporter of speaking out against issues of domestic abuse and racism in the NFL.
Davis was the first NFL owner to suggest a player should be banned during a domestic violence investigation after the Ray Rice video surfaced. Davis was directly involved with The Biletnikoff Foundation, which supports women who have suffered from substance abuse, mental health problems, and domestic violence.
In 2017, Davis initially encouraged his players to stand instead of kneeling during the national anthem, but derogatory comments from President Donald Trump prompted a change in his stance. Davis asked the players if Tommie Smith, the legendary Olympian who raised his fist for racial justice, could light the torch during a raiders game in Mexico City. Davis then stated that while he preferred that players in uniform not protest, once the uniform was off, Davis could “go up with them.”
Davis stated that conversations about social injustice – and resistance to those conversations – shaped his perspective.
“However, over the past year the streets have gotten hot and there was a lot of static electricity in the air, and recently fuel was added to the fire. I can no longer ask our team not to say anything while wearing raider uniform. The only thing I can ask of them is to do it with the class. Do it with pride. Not only do we have to tell people that something is wrong, we also have to find answers. That is the challenge we face as Americans and as humans. “
Through his words and philanthropic support, Davis has shown that he is personally committed to social justice. However, his refusal to judge Gruden at this point results in some Raiders fans wanting stronger leadership from their owner at this point.