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The View hosts tore into former Raiders football coach Jon Gruden and, for that matter, the rest of the NFL during today’s hot topics segment of the show. While discussing Gruden’s recent resignation, the panelists denounced his “racist, homophobic, and misogynistic” emails. And the buck didn’t stop there — the co-hosts were ready to unearth the larger problems at play in the football world.

On Monday (Oct. 11), Las Vegas Raiders’ coach Gruden stepped down after an investigation surrounding past emails with containing a slew of homophobic slurs, racist tropes, and misogynistic language. After Joy Behar introduced the first topic, the hosts were ready to dive into the issues at hand.

“You know, my grandmother always said: what’s done in the dark is going to come to the light,” returning guest host Sherri Shepherd said. “All of these emails have come forward, and this is from another investigation. It’s showing that Gruden has been misogynistic, anti-LGBTQ+. This is what we found out from like 10 years ago, so to me, it speaks to the problematic culture of the NFL. There were some people who responded back, who read them, who were comfortable with them.”

Guest co-host S.E. Cupp was quick to agree, sharing that she has acquaintances in the NFL who have leaked some of the behavior that goes on behind-the-scenes.

“He’s not the only one! I talk to football players who say very openly and candidly that it’s a homophobic space, still. They call it ‘the last closet,’” Cupp said. “That hopefully changes with people like Carl Nassib, one of the first active NFL players to come out this year. It helps to change some of that culture, because I think in some ways, they’re stuck in a different era.”

Next up was Sunny Hostin, who chimed in to say that Gruden had racially profiled her former boss, NFL Players Association Director DeMaurice Smith. Hostin clarified that Smith is not at all “stupid,” and that Gruden was wrong to talk about his lip size as a “racial trope.”

“I think that sunlight certainly is the best disinfectant for something like this. Transparency is really important. But the players remain the same, the owners remain the same. The people are still there. This investigation started and concluded over the summer of 2021,” Hostin said. “He was not only misogynistic, he was homophobic and he was also racist.”

Sara Haines then jumped in, slamming Gruden for his behavior: “This wasn’t even just slightly off-colored remarks. In this day and age, you see people that you have to kind of explain why it’s offensive,” she said. “This was troping at the lowest level. We can’t say these words. We were reminded 15 times not to, but most of us don’t have it right on the tip of our tongue anyway.”

Jumping off of that, Haines tore into Gruden and the rest of the NFL for their lack of understanding surrounding players’ health issues, mentioning the major issues with CTE in football players.

“These lies — they’re literally riding on the backs of these players,” Haines said. “Not even respecting them in basic language, but trolling on them and not wanting to protect them. It’s the most disturbing lack of humanity I’ve seen in a long time.”

Wrapping up the conversation, Behar brought up the legacy of Colin Kaepernick — who fellow co-host Hostin recently profiled for Ebony Magazine.

“I would think if they really want to clean up their act they should rehire Colin Kaepernick,” Behar said. “Why is he out of a job when all of this is going on?”

“Because he stood up to racism,” Hostin responded. “He stood up for everything that I think everything they wanted to keep hidden. He stood up to the very culture that still exists in the NFL.”

The View airs weekdays at 11/10c.