Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

National Football League investigating Raiders for 'Rooney Rule' violation, report says

National Football League investigating Raiders for 'Rooney Rule' violation, report says

"As soon as we learned of the reports, we formally requested that the National Football League thoroughly investigate the matter to conclusively determine whether the Rooney Rule was violated - and if it was violated, to impose an appropriate punishment".

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Tuesday that he interviewed two minority candidates prior to Gruden's hiring. The Raiders interviews with tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin came well after that Christmas Eve meeting.

Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden left answers a question next to general manager Reggie Mc Kenzie during an NFL football press conference Tuesday Jan. 9 2018 in Alameda Calif. (AP Ph
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The Raiders' signing of Gruden has come under scrutiny after it emerged owner Mark Davis had reached an agreement with the former television analyst on December 24. Then-Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen was fined $200,000 for circumventing the rule when he hired Steve Mariucci as the team's head coach in 2003.

Fritz Pollard Alliance chairman John Wooten sang a different tune last week when talking to ESPN. "But if there is a closed process and those minority candidates were going through the motions and had no idea there was already an agreement, that is not fair to them and it is not fair to the next guy coming up through the ranks". This has led some to question whether owner Mark Davis took the minority candidates he interviewed seriously, or just went through the motions of the Rooney Rule. Shell returned for a second stint with the team in 2006.

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Gruden coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001 before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and capturing Super Bowl XXXVII.

Gruden's career winning percentage during his first tenure as the team's head coach.

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Carr averaged 14.5 FanDuel points this season while averaging 233.1 passing yards a game and completing 62.7 percent of his passes, with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Gruden did note that he has to finish hiring a coaching staff before a plan can be fully implemented.

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