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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The NFL stated Thursday it will investigate whether the Oakland Raiders violated the “Rooney Rule” when they hired Jon Gruden since coach.
The Fritz Pollard Connections called for the investigation on Wed out of concern that Raiders proprietor Mark Davis came to an agreement along with Gruden before the team interviewed any kind of minority candidates as required from the NFL since 2003.
NFL speaker Brian McCarthy said in a declaration that the NFL will “look directly into this. ”
The Fritz Pollard Alliance is dedicated to promoting variety and equality of job possibility in the coaching, front office plus scouting staffs of NFL groups.
Davis said Tuesday at the information conference introducing Gruden as the team’s new coach that he had been endeavoring to make the move for six yrs and finally believed it would happen following a meeting in Philadelphia on Xmas Eve, the day before Gruden worked well a game between the Raiders and Silver eagles on ESPN.
“I felt fairly confident that he was all-in, inch Davis said. “And that’s the expression that we were using in our conversations and everything, are you all-in? And am never wavered from all-in. Which time he didn’t waver, possibly. ”
Davis fired Jack De Rio a week later and the group officially hired Gruden on January. 6. Davis also said he or she wouldn’t have fired Del Rio de janeiro if he didn’t believe Gruden would sign on as coach.
“I believe that I would’ve sat straight down with Jack and we would’ve determined coordinators and assistant coaches plus things like that and try to figure out how to reinvigorate the franchise through Jack, inch he said.
Raiders general supervisor Reggie McKenzie said Tuesday this individual interviewed two minority candidates prior to Gruden’s hiring was announced. All those candidates were Oakland tight finishes coach Bobby Johnson and The southern part of California offensive coordinator Tee Matn.
The Raiders haven’t commented to the request from the Fritz Pollard Connections.
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