Group Wants Oakland Raiders Rooney Rule Investigation

ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 09: Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden (L) and Raiders owner Mark Davis pose for a photograph during a news conference at Oakland Raiders headquarters on January 9, 2018 in Alameda, California. Jon Gruden has returned to the Oakland Raiders after leaving the team in 2001. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

UPDATE: The NFL has announced that they are officially looking into claims of a Rooney Rule violation.


The Oakland Raiders have hired Jon Gruden to replace Jack Del Rio as their head coach, but now some are calling into question how the hiring happened.

Sports Illustrated reports that the Fritz Pollard Alliance believes the team ignored the Rooney Rule when hiring Gruden. The rule was initiated in 2003 to require teams to interview minorities for both head coaching and senior football operation jobs.

During the introductory press conference with Gruden this question was asked, and the Raiders said they interviewed Tee Martin and Bobby Johnson for the job.

Some are accusing that these interviews took place after the Gruden deal was settled.

According to USA Today. Cyrus Mehri of the FPA’s general counsel for the FPA said “It has all the appearances of a violation. But like any case in America, you want to give people a chance to tell their side of the story.”

Others are suggesting possible punishments if the team is found guilty of ignoring the Rooney Rule.

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