Did the Raiders violate the Rooney Rule?
The NFL opened an investigation regarding the Oakland Raiders to find out if the team violated the Rooney Rule when hiring Jon Gruden.
The Raiders made very fast moves with the coaches for this off-season. They decided to fire Jack del Rio and hire Jon Gruden. Mark Davis, team owner, made it very clear that he had been trying to convince Gruden for years. However, he says, they did abide by the Rooney Rule before hiring their new coach.
However, on January 10, the Fritz Pollard Alliance issued a statement through its counsel Cyrus Mehri and N. Jeremi Duru expressing concerns that Davis had already come to an agreement with Gruden before interviewing any minority candidates.
During a press conference on Jan 9, Jon Gruden was presented as the new hire to lead the Oakland Raiders. Reggie Mackenzie, the team manager also stated that they had interviewed two minority candidates before hiring Gruden on January 6. Those candidates were Oakland tight end coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin.
Martin also expressed having met coach Gruden on Christmas Eve in Philadelphia and being "pretty confident that [Gruden] was all-in."
It was after hearing these statements that the Fritz Pollard Alliance requested the NFL to investigate to determine if the team interviewed at least one minority candidate as established by the Rooney Rule.
"As soon as we learned of the reports, we formally requested that the NFL thoroughly investigate the matter to conclusively determine whether the Rooney Rule was violated -- and if it was violated, to impose an appropriate punishment," Mehri and Duru said in a statement.
The Fritz Pollard Alliance is an organization dedicated to promoting equality and diversity of job opportunity in NFL teams including coaching, front office, and scouting staff.
As the investigation is progressing, the Raiders have not made any comments on Fritz's request.