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‘Saturday Night Live’ pokes fun at NFL amid Gruden scandal

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“Saturday Night Live” kicked off the start of their show on Saturday poking fun at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell amid a scandal of recently reported emails that led to the resignation of Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden.

“Hi, I’m Roger Goodell, and when you see me on TV, it’s never good,” Colin Jost, who played Goodell during the cold open, said. “This time, one of our coaches is accused of racism, misogyny and homophobia, but hey — at least there’s no one’s talking about concussions.” 

The remarks poke fun at Goodell, who was grilled by Congress in 2009 over the NFL’s handling of concussions – an issue that has plagued sports, but especially football teams. 

Jost’s character also addressed the league’s lack of diversity. 

“But I assure you all 32 teams in our league understand that diversity is our strength, and I know our black coaches would agree. Both of them,” Jost’s character quipped.

The show also targeted Goodell over the controversy of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who protested racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling on the field during the national anthem. He has not played for the league since 2016.

“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 seeing someone kneel,”  Jost’s character said.

Last year, Goodell said that the NFL has invited Kaepernick several times to meet. The NFL commissioner explained that he wished the league had listened to him earlier.

“I wish we had listened earlier, Kaep, to what you were kneeling about and what you were trying to bring attention to,” Goodell said in August 2020. “We had invited him in several times to have the conversation, to have the dialogue. I wish we had the benefit of that, we never did. We would have benefited from that, absolutely.”

The cold open also did not miss a moment to roast Gruden, who stepped down from his position as coach of the Raiders last week amid the revelation of homophobic, racist and sexist emails that were reported by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

“I’m sorry to all the Raiders fans out there, I hope you won’t judge me on one email I sent 10 years ago, or the 20 emails I sent last Tuesday,” James Austin Johnson, who played Gruden, said.

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