SNL mocks NFL claim racist emails were isolated incident in opening sketch

NBC's "Saturday Night Live" tackled the latest scandal to plague the National Football League.

The show featured a press conference with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (played by cast member Colin Jost), former Raiders coach Jon Gruden (James Austin Johnson) and a Washington team cheerleader among others.

'When you see me on TV, it's never good. This time, one of our coaches is accused of racism, misogyny, and homophobia, but hey, at least no one's talking about concussions," Goodell said.

"I think we can all agree the emails sent by raiders coach Jon Gruden were horrifying and deeply offensive, especially to me. I was referred to as the F-word, the P-word, the C-word, the R-word, the f'ing R-word, the f'ing F-word P-word," he explained. "But I assure you that all 32 teams understand that diversity is our strength. And I know our Black coaches would agree, both of them."

SNL then made a Colin Kaepernick joke.

"Now Coach Gruden has asked to say a few words. I said, bad idea, but he got on his knees and begged and you know how much I hate to see someone kneeling," Goodell said to groans from the in-studio audience.

"I'm sorry to all the Raiders fans out there, hope you won't judge me on one email I sent 10 years ago — or the 20 emails I sent last Tuesday," Gruden said.

The skit then featured the new head manager quitting over his offensive emails. The equipment manager was promoted to the role, but resigned over old tweets.


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