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National Football League says Raiders complied with Rooney Rule in hiring of Jon Gruden

23 January, 2018, 02:35 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Jon Gruden, Oakland Raiders head coach holds an Oakland Raiders jersey with his name as he stands between Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis and Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie Mc Kenzie, after being introduced as the new hea

In the wake of its disagreement with the NFL over whether the Oakland Raiders complied with the Rooney Rule while hiring Jon Gruden as their coach, the Fritz Pollard Alliance will seek stricter future enforcement of the rule and will ask the league to implement other reforms related to employment opportunities for minority coaches, the group said Saturday.

The Raiders interviewed USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin and then-Raiders tight ends coach Bobby Johnson before announcing Gruden's hiring January 6. Davis crossed the line, and we are disappointed in the League's decision.

Davis added: "I never wavered from all in and this time he didn't waiver either".

First, while not doubting that general manager Reggie McKenzie interviewed the minority candidates in good faith, the group alleges Davis maintained a singular focus on Gruden during the process.

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The Fritz Pollard Alliance, an advocacy group that promotes diversity in National Football League front offices and coaching staffs, had asked the National Football League one week ago to investigate whether Oakland interviewed minority candidates before naming Gruden.

After owner Mark Davis said last Tuesday he felt Gruden was "all in" on becoming Oakland's next head coach when the two met in Philadelphia a week before Jack Del Rio's firing, the Fritz Pollard Alliance called for the league to investigate.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance expressed strong disagreement, saying that the Raiders had violated the rule by allegedly having an agreement with Gruden in place before any minority candidates were interviewed.

"The NFL broke ground when it created the Rooney Rule, but it made the wrong call in refusing to penalise Mark Davis in this instance".

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Such a change would allow the league to better monitor the hiring process and determine in real time whether there has been compliance with the Rooney Rule, Mehri said.

Gruden is in his second stint as coach of the Raiders after being traded by Oakland to Tampa Bay following the 2001 season. At present, only six teams have black head coaches. Oakland did not formally hire Gruden until January 6, though Davis said during Gruden's introductory press conference that they had significant discussions about the position around Christmas.

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