The Oakland Raiders are pretty furious about the rumor that they were trying to bring back Jon Gruden as their head coach for next season.
The Raiders ended up releasing a statement so they could voice their frustrations.
An e-mail from Raiders director media relations Zak Gilbert on the “rumor” that Jon Gruden could be rejoining the Raiders . . .
Members of the media: There are two people on this planet that have the ability to make talks happen between Jon Gruden and the Raiders, with regard to him allegedly taking over the football operations, and/or the position of head coach. Each of those individuals, owner Mark Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie, wanted me to communicate that this rumor has no validity whatsoever. And for the record, I’m personally disgusted that Hub Arkush would spread such an untruth on the day our head coach, Dennis Allen, had to determine with his mom, his brother and sister, whether to take his dad off life support or wait and hope that he would regain consciousness. Dennis didn’t have an opportunity to say goodbye to his dad, but he did have an opportunity to take a phone call regarding Hub’s story.
I remember when Adam Schefter reported that Art Shell was going to fired by the Raiders a few years ago and they adamently denied the report. Then after the regular season concluded, they fired Shell. You never know if the Raiders are telling the truth.