The NFL is wanting into whether or not the Oakland Raiders violated the Rooney Rule throughout their hiring of Jon Gruden as head coach, a league spokesman confirmed to NFL Network’s Steve Wyche.
The growth comes a day after the Fitz Pollard Alliance, an advocacy group that promotes variety in NFL entrance workplaces and training staffs, requested the league to research whether or not the Raiders doubtlessly reached an settlement with Gruden earlier than interviewing minority candidates. The Rooney Rule requires NFL groups interview at the least one minority candidate for teaching jobs.
“As quickly as we realized of the reviews, we formally requested that the NFL completely examine the matter to conclusively decide whether or not the Rooney Rule was violated — and if it was violated, to impose an applicable punishment,” Fitz Pollard Alliance counsel Cyrus Mehri and N. Jeremi Duru stated in a press release obtained by NFL Network’s Steve Wyche.
Raiders normal supervisor Reggie McKenzie interviewed two minority candidates — Oakland tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin — earlier than the group formally introduced Gruden’s hiring Saturday. Prior to Gruden’s official hiring, the Fritz Pollard Alliance initially believed the Raiders have been in compliance with the Rooney Rule.
However, during Gruden’s introductory news conference Tuesday, Raiders proprietor Mark Davis stated he met with Gruden in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve, and felt “fairly assured that he was all-in” after their assembly.
“…That’s the time period that we have been utilizing in our discussions and all the pieces, are you all-in? And I by no means wavered from all-in. And this time he did not waver, both,” Davis stated.
Wyche reported on NFL Network’s Up to the Minute Live that the revised timeline of Gruden’s hiring led to the Fritz Pollard Alliance’s investigation request.
“Last week, the FPA had no drawback with how the Raiders dealt with it, however then Davis’ phrases got here again to regulate the timeline,” Wyche stated. “They need to make certain the Raiders complied … and that the interview course of was parallel, that means: If Mark Davis spent 5 hours speaking to Jon Gruden, did he spend that a lot time speaking to different candidates? Or was it only a sham or lip service-type of interview simply to fulfill this qualification?
“The league and the Fritz Pollard Alliance needs to guarantee that the Rooney Rule is exercised in good spirit always.”
Davis fired coach Jack Del Rio after the Raiders‘ Dec. 31 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Davis informed reporters he would have retained Del Rio if Gruden wasn’t accessible, including that he had been pursuing the previous Monday Night Football coloration commentator for six years.
If the NFL finds the Raiders violated the Rooney Rule, they might face a advantageous from the league, Wyche reported.