Jon Gruden Ends Raiders' Joint Practice with Rams After Brawl: 'Enough of that Crap'August 19, 2021
Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden prematurely ended his team's joint practice session with the Los Angeles Rams after multiple fights Thursday, per Paul Gutierrez and Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.
"That's enough of that crap," Gruden said. "That's not good for football, that's not good for anything, so that's the end of that practice session."
There were multiple stoppages due to fighting during the second day of the planned practice session:
Gruden sent his players to the buses early despite two more periods scheduled.
The coach noted his disappointment after returning to the team hotel:
"They know. They know better. Everybody knows better. And again, it wasn't everybody fighting -- it will be on TV, you'll see a bunch of guys screaming and yelling -- but it was two guys in the special teams period. And then it was a lot of trash-talking that escalated. Just sickening, really, it's just stupidity. I'm done with that. It's just child's play to me."
Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald said the skirmishes were expected.
"It’s football, man," Donald said. "Honestly, every joint practice I’ve ever been a part of, there’s always a fight. The way things happened yesterday, how physical it was, I was pretty sure it was going to come back and be a lot of B.S."
Donald did not suit up Thursday as part of a scheduled day off for the veteran.
Though it was the special teams units that headlined the final brawl, star players for each squad were involved in incidents. According to Gutierrez and Thiry, Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey "pushed running back Josh Jacobs out of bounds hard and later hit him hard enough to pop off Jacobs' helmet."
Jacobs didn't have an issue with the hit that dislodged his helmet.
"I didn't really have my helmet strapped on, so that was on me. ... I didn't want him to be labeled as a dirty player when I knew it wasn't like that."
The Rams and Raiders are now set to battle in a preseason game on Saturday at SoFi Stadium.