Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper crossed paths with Jon Gruden on the 2018 Raiders and it was enough for the star receiver to get a handle on the now ex-coach.
“It just goes back to what I’ve said in previous interviews of knowing personality types,” Cooper said Thursday after practice — three days after the New York Times published emails from an NFL investigation into the WFT‘s workplace culture that exposed Gruden for using racist, homophobic and misogynistic language.
“Knowing Gruden, he was able to make really quick decisions and sometimes it can be impulsive,” he added. “Sometimes it could be good, sometimes it could be bad.”
The Raiders traded Cooper, the fourth-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, to the Cowboys in October 2018, just six games into Gruden’s tenure.
“He’s not the type of guy on a fourth down to be hesitant on a fourth down if you’re going to go for it or not—that’s where it’s a good thing,” Copper said. “He’s not the type of guy to take 15-20 minutes to decide what he’s going to be wearing.
“But then on the other hand, it can be a bad thing when you’re impulsive like that—I guess when you just feel like you have to say something and you just say it without thinking. It’s just his personality, I guess.”
Gruden resigned from his position on Monday, a few hours after the emails were made public. Cooper called the situation “unfortunate” for Raiders players, some being his former teammates, to lose a head coach midseason.
“But knowing Gruden, I never thought he was racist, I never thought he was misogynistic, anything like that,” Cooper said.
Cooper’s current teammate, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, also addressed the ongoing Gruden controversy, noting the importance of choosing one’s words correctly.
“You have to be sensitive and educated any time that you speak to make sure that you are not hurting somebody and upsetting one race, gender or whatever it is,” he told media. “I think it’s important just to love. Me as a leader, that’s the only thing I try to do is to love. To be there for somebody and show support. And try to not show any dislike or obviously any sign of hate or anything of that nature.”