NFL Review Shows Raiders Complied With Rooney Rule

Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden right smiles next to owner Mark Davis after an NFL football press conference Tuesday Jan. 9 2018 in Alameda Calif

The NFL concluded Friday that the Oakland Raiders complied with the Rooney Rule and will not face discipline for failing to interview a minority coaching candidate.

The NFL has determined that the Oakland Raiders complied with the Rooney Rule, in its view, during the process that led to the hiring of Jon Gruden as the team's coach.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance released a statement Friday, saying it "strongly disagreed" with the NFL's findings and termed the interviews of Johnson and Martin as meaningless. The Raiders did interview two minority candidates-USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin and Bobby Johnson, who was Oakland's tight ends coach under Jack Del Rio-but there's no indication either was actually considered for the job.

The timing of the Raiders' process had been the question for the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which said last week it was "deeply concerned" the Raiders "came to an agreement with Jon Gruden about him becoming the Raiders' next head coach before interviewing any candidates of color".

However, the National Football League ended up launching an investigation into whether the Raiders actually did comply with the rule, which wasn't all that surprising given the reports that Gruden was going to be hired well before the interview process had begun.

However, at a news conference to present the new coach, owner Mark Davis revealed they held their first meeting on Christmas Eve, a meeting he left feeling "pretty confident he was all in".

Jon Gruden left is announced as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders with owner Mark Davis at the team facility in Alameda Calif. Tuesday Jan. 9 2018. Heidi Fang Las Vegas Review Journal @H
NFL finds Raiders did comply with Rooney Rule when they hired Jon Gruden

"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". Davis crossed the line, and we are disappointed in the League's decision.

Gruden is in his second stint as coach of the Raiders after being traded by Oakland to Tampa Bay following the 2001 season.

The NFL fined then-Lions general manager Matt Millen $200,000 in 2003 after violating the rule in hiring Steve Mariucci as head coach.

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