YOU TALKIN’ TO ME – OCTOBER 17
By ISM Staff

SHOULD THE BUCCANEERS HAVE REMOVED JON GRUDEN FROM THE RING OF HONOR

First of all, there is no doubt that this is an extremely controversial issue. With that being said, we at ISM won’t shy away from weighing in on ANY topic so here goes.

Gents, and I’m talkin’ to all of you on this one, I’m definitely in agreement with the Bucs on removing Jon Gruden from their Ring of Honor. When the emails, and I emphasize emails, came out that the former Tampa Bay Head Coach had sent vile and disparaging remarks about a plethora of topics that included the Glazer family, the Buccaneers immediately proceeded to remove his name at Raymond James Stadium.  Brooklyn and South Beach and Mass Man, the Pewter Pirates had no choice.

Now, my colleagues, I want to put this out front right away.  I have a history with Chucky and he’s definitely near the top of my most disliked people list.

I want to make it crystal clear that this is not about my previous relationship with Gruden. It’s all about what was in those emails and, just from the ones that gave surfaced, the verbiage was homophobic and misogynistic as well as racist.

None of that can be tolerated by ANY organization let alone the Bucs.  For all intents and purposes, Gruden is Kryptonite and the Pewter Pirates had to sever ALL ties with him which they did with all haste. Look for all other organizations that have relationships with him to follow suit in short order.

Yes, this is a very controversial issue and I’ve said my piece. You see where I stand. What’s your opinion?

Boys, the answer is simply yes, Gruden needed to be removed from the Bucs Ring of Honor.  Somehow, Low Ball and I agree, again.  I’m certainly not a cancel-culture guy.  And, I’m speaking specifically about the Bucs Ring of Honor.

Jon Gruden sent racist, sexist, and homophobic emails, some about one of the owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!  Yikes!  How can the Bucs honor that?

They can’t and they should not even try to honor a former coach who thinks this way.  Sure, he won what is now the Bucs first Super Bowl, but many believe he won it with Tony Dungy’s team.  An argument can easily be made about this idea.  The Bucs, after that Super Bowl victory, did not win another playoff game under Gruden, by the way.

To me, it is easy.  Remove Jon Gruden from the Ring of Honor.  His ability to win that big game against his old team notwithstanding, Gruden wasn’t remarkable in Tampa anyway.  To leave him on the marquee would make that his most remarkable Tampa moment at this point.

Adam Sznapstajler

I think this is an easy yes for me. The vile made by Gruden in these emails are inexcusable and shine a light on the true personality of a so-called leader.

I agree with Low Ball that his personality is not a factor at all here. The fact is that unlike a player, Gruden’s name is emblazoned on the Ring of Honor partially for his professionalism and leadership.

With the new information that has come to light, you can no longer associate Gruden with those values. Especially for an organization that currently doesn’t have to focus on the past. 

Guys, I’m in agreement with all of you. Although Gruden brought Tampa their first Super Bowl, in this day and age you need to immediately condemn actions such as these and emphasize that your organization won’t support anyone guilty of such activity.

In this situation, winning can’t be prioritized over an organization’s reputation. Racism, sexism, and homophobia cannot, and should not, be tolerated by any organization. The Buccaneers did exactly what they were supposed to do by removing him from the Ring of Honor and taking his name off of the stadium. If the Bucs did not do so, the organization might be under fire for not condemning Gruden’s actions quick enough which could permanently damage the reputation of the organization and bring unwanted attention in the midst of a very successful regular season.

It is unfortunate that someone who thinks and talks this way has so much history in the NFL for such a long time. The Buccaneers did the right thing and hopefully this topic doesn’t circulate around the Bucs organization much longer.