Raiders speak out against Jon Gruden, call Amari Cooper trade a ‘knockout punch’

For a 1-5 team the Raiders sure are interesting.

Head coach Jon Gruden hasn’t made many positive headlines in his first season back with the Raiders, and after trading away former first-round pick Amari Cooper on Tuesday, the locker room may be turning against him.

“The (Khalil) Mack trade was a real stiff jab,” an anonymous Raiders player told The Athletic. “But the Cooper one was like a knockout punch, especially because we had just walked back in the door from the bye. We didn’t want to believe it was coming, and Coach said we weren’t going to trade him.”

Then we all know what happened — Cooper was shipped to Dallas and many of his now-former teammates found out about the deal in the news because Gruden talked to ESPN before the team.

Gruden’s actions, according the The Athletic, have players in the organization questioning his “accountability.”

“When what you say and what you do are two different things, there is a problem,” one player said. “We all have to believe in each other and pull in one direction.”

It’s not a good look for Gruden, especially considering the team’s struggles. But brighter days should be ahead for both “Chucky” and the Raiders as they now have three first-round picks in the 2019 draft.