ESPN removes reference to Jon Gruden leaving from PTI broadcast
There have been multiple reports over the past few months that former Raiders and Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden is interested in returning to the game. With a number of high profile jobs, such as the Eagles and Cowboys, possibly becoming available at the end of the season, now would be the perfect time for Gruden to return.
Unfortunately, Gruden is currently making a lot of money with ESPN for announcing during Monday Night Football.
On Wednesday, ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption, hosted Sports-Illustrated’s Peter King for an interview about football.
During the interview, King was asked about Gruden and hinted that the bosses at ESPN would be plenty mad if Gruden left for the NFL. Instead of airing those comments, ESPN edited the interview and removed King’s comments about the company.
King’s full comments were, “I think at some point Jon Gruden definitely will go back to a sideline. I think your bosses at ESPN would be miffed, to put it mildly, if that happened this year, for a very simple reason: They dumped Jaws out of the booth to give the booth totally to Gruden. And if he takes off this year, I think there would be a lot of dissatisfaction, naturally. But I think the one thing Gruden will look at — that I would, too — is, Am I going to have a chance to win with the quarterback? Why are the Indianapolis Colts succeeding? Because they have Andrew Luck. Why if there was talent around RG3 would the Redskins be succeeding? Because they’ve got a mature, good quarterback. Dolphins are better than we thought they would be. They have a quarterback. Russell Wilson in Seattle. If you don’t have a quarterback, if I’m Jon Gruden, there’s no way I’m going. I’m not going to try to replicate what happened in Tampa, when I had to take Shaun King and Brad Johnson and all those guys and try to win with them. I’m going to a place where I know I have a chance with a quarterback.”
According to ProFootballTalk, ESPN responded to requests about why that clip was removed. ESPN told PFT that the interview ran long and had to be cut down.