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

Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden right smiles as he listens to a question from former Raiders player Charles Woodson as he sits next to owner Mark Davis during an NFL football press Report: Colts RB coach Jemal Singleton joining Raiders
Lucia Summers | 12 January, 2018, 03:16

The Oakland Raiders hired Jon Gruden as the team's new head coach, but that won't stop the NFL from investigating whether or not the franchise violated the league's Rooney Rule in the process, as first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.

"But if in December, Gruden and Davis reach an agreement - not necessarily a written, contractual agreement, but a verbal agreement - that Gruden was going to coach for the Raiders, and then after that they do these interviews with minority coaches, that would be a violation of the Rooney Rule".

Davis fired Jack Del Rio a week later and the team officially hired Gruden on January 6.

The NFL has yet to address the FPA's statement, but Raiders could be in hot water here.

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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. Gannon played for the Raiders from 1999-2004. Johnson or Martin wasn't going to beat out Gruden. Almost a week later, it was announced that he would be getting a 10-year contract worth $100 million.

"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", the Fritz Pollard Alliance statement read, in part. Davis also said he wouldn't have fired Del Rio if he didn't believe Gruden would sign on as coach.

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue was tasked with handing out such judgement in the rule's most recent breaching, fining Detroit Lions' president Matt Millen $200,000 in 2003, according to Maske.

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis was relentless in his pursuit of Jon Gruden - perhaps too relentless.

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