Jon Gruden emails: Ex-NFL QB calls controversy 'disappointing,' knew second report would doom coaching career

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Shaun King was on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a brief time when Jon Gruden was the head coach of the organization, and he reacted to the email fallout on Tuesday.

The former NFL quarterback told he was shocked after the first Gruden email was obtained by The Wall Street Journal last week.

Quarterback Brad Johnson (14) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers talks to his head coach Jon Gruden during the game against the Tennessee Titans on Dec. 28, 2003, at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Buccaneers, 33-13. Quarterback Shaun King (10) is at left.
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Quarterback Shaun King (10) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers talks to head coach Jon Gruden during the game against the Tennessee Titans on Dec. 28, 2003, at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee. 
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“A championship football team is built on accountability, discipline and respect. The fact that they have a gay player, and then it comes out what he said about the kid from Missouri that was drafted (Michael Sam). It’s impossible now to go to (Carl Nassib) and explain that.”

The former quarterback said he never had any negative interactions with Gruden but the emails show someone different than the person he knew.

“He just has to look inside, because when you write something like that and send it, you mean it. If you’re joking with your boys, hydrating and having a couple cocktails, somebody might say something slick. But when you sit down and form sentences… it’s hard to turn around and say you didn’t mean anything by it. In my personal interactions with Jon Gruden, I never viewed him as racist, but those emails depict a different person,” he added.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden directs  the North team at the 2007 Under Armour Senior Bowl in Mobile Jan. 27. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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King was a backup quarterback for the Buccaneers in 2002 when Brad Johnson and the stellar Tampa Bay defense led the team to a Super Bowl win. He would play four games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2004 before jumping from team to team. He would never see another down after the 2004 season.

The former second-round pick would play in the Arena Football League and the Canadian Football League before going into coaching.

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