Did Raiders violate Rooney Rule?

Fritz Pollard Alliance stated concern that the Raiders agreed to hire Jon Gruden before the team had interviewed any minority candidates.

Kahron Spearman

The Fritz Pollard Alliance wants NFL to investigate whether the Oakland Raiders violated the so-called "Rooney Rule" in hiring Jon Gruden as coach.

Fritz Pollard Alliance representatives Cyrus Mehri and N. Jeremi Duru officially stated concern Wednesday that Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis agreed to hire Gruden before the team had interviewed any minority candidates.

It's widely known owner Mark Davis coveted Gruden's services.

If the facts end the way they seem to be right now, then I have full confidence the league will take appropriate action because they care about the Rooney Rule being a success as well. The facts matter. Fairness matters. Fairness means fairness to Mark Davis and having a fair process, but also fairness as far as guys being able to compete with an open process and not a closed process.

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said on Tuesday that he interviewed two minority candidates, prior to the announcement of Gruden's hiring.

The issue is that the candidates - Oakland tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin - were precisely on the broad radar as NFL head coaches.


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