THE MICHAEL BARI SHOW
August 20, 2018
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The Oakland Raiders coach was asked about his reported $100 million deal with the team — and while trying to explain his high salary … he randomly took a shot at Tom Cruise.
Here’s the quote from his interview with Peter King …
“I’m not making $100 million, just so you know. Well, I never thought Tom Cruise, never thought his movies were any good but he’s making plenty of money.”
Weird and random Tom Cruise shot — but alas, there’s more.
“There’s a lot of things that I don’t understand. No disrespect to Tom Cruise. I’m sure he’s a great actor. But you know what? You just go about your life as hard as you can. You try to find something you love and you do the best you can at it.”
No word on why Jon dragged Tom Cruise into the conversation — maybe he finally got around to seeing “Rock of Ages” or “The Mummy” … both trash.
But what Gruden’s clearly forgetting in his weird Tom Cruise rant is “Top Gun” and “Jerry Maguire” and “Jack Reacher” (the first one) was actually pretty solid.
And several people in this office are adamant the new ‘Mission Impossible’ movie was “f**king awesome” and they’re actually mad at Gruden for throwing shade.
By the way, Jon Gruden had a cameo in “DRAFT DAY” — THE WORST FOOTBALL MOVIE EVER MADE!!!
Careful throwing those stones, Gruden. By TMZ Sports
Many people scoffed at the notion that an NFL team would give a coach who had been out of the profession for a decade a ten-year contract worth $100 million, but that’s exactly what the Raiders did in order to convince Jon Gruden to leave the commentary booth.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the team gave Gruden a nine-figure deal which would span over a decade…
The report was never refuted. Not by the team. Not by Gruden. Until now.
Peter King interviewed Gruden for his weekly column, and the new/old Raiders coach had a bizarre way of telling us he’s not making as much money as we believe.
Via NBC Sports:
“I’m not making $100 million, just so you know. Well, I never thought Tom Cruise, never thought his movies were any good but he’s making plenty of money. There’s a lot of things that I don’t understand. No disrespect to Tom Cruise. I’m sure he’s a great actor. But you know what? You just go about your life as hard as you can. You try to find something you love and you do the best you can at it. I never got into coaching for the money. I got into coaching because I wanted to be a quarterback coach. What the salary cap has become, what free agency has become—it’s amazing.”
Here’s the problem: The number came from somewhere. Schefter, one of the more well-connected reporters in sports media, didn’t just make it up. He either got it from the team or Gruden’s representation. Likely the latter. And when Gruden was asked about the report during his introductory press conference, he did not deny that $100 million figure but did seem to confirm the length of the deal…
Really, it’s the length of the deal that should concern Raiders fans. NFL coaching contracts are fully guaranteed, so even if Gruden’s return is a complete disaster, the team will be stuck paying him well into the next decade.
Now, let’s get to the part of Gruden’s quote that is most interesting: The Tom Cruise slander. That came out of nowhere, right? We know exactly why Cruise makes as much money as he does, even if he isn’t the best actor around. His movies make money. Mission: Impossible – Fallout has already surpassed the $180 million mark after three weeks. Even a complete disaster like The Mummy made $80 million.
(For what it’s worth: Five of Cruise’s last seven movies have a Rotten Tomatoes score of 86% or higher.)
Tom Cruise Salary Per Film
|Tom Cruise Salary Per Film||Year||Salary|
|Top Gun : Maverick||2019||$24,000,000|
|M:I 6 – Mission Impossible||2018||$28,000,000|
|Jack Reacher : Never Go Back||2016||$28,000,000|
|Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation||2015||$25,000,000|
|Edge of Tomorrow||2014||$23,000,000|
|Rock of Ages||2012||$5,000,000|
|Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol||2011||$12,000,000|
|Knight and Day||2010||$11,000,000 + %|
|Valkyrie||2008||$20,000,000 against 20%|
|Mission Impossible III||2006||$75,000,000 of gross|
|War of the Worlds||2005||20 % Profits|
|The Last Samurai||2003||$25,000,000 + %|
|Vanilla Sky||2001||$20,000,000 + 30%|
|Mission Impossible II||2000||$75,000,000 of gross|
|Eyes Wide Shut||1999||$20,000,000|
|Jerry Maguire||1996||$20,000,000 against 15%|
|Mission Impossible||1996||$70,000,000 of gross|
|Interview with the Vampire||1994||$15,000,000|
|A Few Good Men||1992||$12,500,000|
|Far and Away||1992||$13,000,000|
|Days of Thunder||1990||$9,000,000|
|Born on the Fourth of July||1989||% of gross|
|Rain Man||1988||$3,000,000 + %|
|The Color of Money||1986||$1,000,000|
From Statistic Brain