A sharp 'SNL' cold open knows the bigotry of NFL bosses didn't start with Jon Gruden

Another week of the National Football League trying to address deep-rooted racism of one of its top players.
Most people know that Jon Gruden, the former Las Vegas Raiders coach, is now out of work. He couldn't keep his hateful views on gay players and women referees to himself. This has been the news of the week. Saturday Night Live decided to abandon some of its obvious political targets and instead take on the NFL in a scathing attack.

The chaos at this mock press conference is filled with reminders about the NFL's "we will deal with it when the news is out" strategy to address toxic leadership issues within individual teams. However, Colin Kaepernick's (Chris Redd's) inevitable appearance is the most striking because of the stark contrast it creates.

This was a young, talented quarterback who found himself out of sports after he used his platform to speak out about racial injustices in America. Despite Gruden's management woes, don't think he's the only one who snickered behind Kaepernick as the NFL was a torch to his pro football career.


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