ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Fritz Pollard Alliance referred to as Wednesday for the NFL to analyze whether or not the Oakland Raiders violated the “Rooney Rule” once they employed Jon Gruden as coach.
Fritz Pollard Alliance counsel Cyrus Mehri and N. Jeremi Duru stated they had been involved that Raiders proprietor Mark Davis got here to an settlement with Gruden earlier than the crew interviewed any minority candidates as required by the NFL since 2003.
“As quickly as we discovered of the stories, 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 acceptable punishment,” they stated.
The Fritz Pollard Alliance is devoted to selling range and equality of job alternative within the teaching, entrance workplace and scouting staffs of NFL groups.
Davis stated Tuesday on the information convention introducing Gruden because the crew’s new coach that he had been attempting to make the transfer for six years and at last believed it could occur after a gathering in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve, the day earlier than Gruden labored a sport between the Raiders and Eagles on ESPN.
“I felt fairly assured that he was all-in,” Davis stated. “And that is the time period that we had 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 fired Jack Del Rio per week later and the crew formally employed Gruden on Jan. 6. Davis additionally stated he would not have fired Del Rio if he did not consider Gruden would signal on as coach.
“I consider that I might’ve sat down with Jack and we might’ve found out coordinators and assistant coaches and issues like that and take a look at to determine the best way to re-invigorate the franchise via Jack,” he stated.
Raiders basic supervisor Reggie McKenzie stated Tuesday he interviewed two minority candidates earlier than Gruden’s hiring was introduced. These candidates had been Oakland tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and Southern California offensive coordinator Tee Martin.
The Raiders and the NFL had no quick remark Wednesday night time on the request from the Fritz Pollard Alliance.