Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden grimaces as he speaks to the media during his weekly news conference Monday Dec. 29, 2008 in Tampa, Fla. The
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden grimaces as he speaks to the media during his weekly news conference Monday Dec. 29, 2008 in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers lost to the Oakland Raiders 31-24 on Sunday finishing the season at 9-7, and out of the playoffs. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (Chris O'Meara)

OAKLAND -- The Raiders responded Wednesday to recent rumors linking them to Jon Gruden, and they pulled no punches.

In an e-mail to members of the media, Raiders director media relations Zak Gilbert wrote: "There are two people on this planet that have the ability to make talks happen between Jon Gruden and the Raiders, with regard to him allegedly taking over the football operations, and/or the position of head coach. Each of those individuals, owner Mark Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie, wanted me to communicate that this rumor has no validity whatsoever. And for the record, I'm personally disgusted that Hub Arkush would spread such an untruth on the day our head coach, Dennis Allen, had to determine with his mom, his brother and sister, whether to take his dad off life support or wait and hope that he would regain consciousness. Dennis didn't have an opportunity to say goodbye to his dad, but he did have an opportunity to take a phone call regarding Hub's story."

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