Group promoting National Football League minority hiring questions Raiders' Jon Gurden hiring process

Group promoting National Football League minority hiring questions Raiders' Jon Gurden hiring process”

On Tuesday, the Oakland Raiders officially introduced Jon Gruden back to the franchise as the head coach of the team, 17 years after he was shipped off to the Tampa Bay Bucs back in 2001 for draft picks and cash.

Del Rio was rumored to be on the hot seat in the final few weeks of the 2017 campaign and it seems as though it was because Gruden had already agreed to coach the Raiders for a second stint.

The Raiders have a history of diversity between current general manager Reggie McKenzie and past head coaches like Hue Jackson and Art Shell, but not taking the Rooney Rule seriously could still come with consequences.

"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.

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League rules state you have to interview a minority candidate before making a hire. The Raiders capped that season with a loss to Gruden and the in Super Bowl XXXVII. Davis has long pursued Gruden to be Oakland's head coach, and the Raiders officially announced his hiring on January 6.

Davis felt Gruden was "all in" on Christmas Eve with regards to becoming Oakland's next head coach, he said at Gruden's introductory press conference in Alameda.

In 2003 then-NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue fined then-Lions president Matt Millen $200,000 for failing to comply with the rule before hiring coach Steve Mariucci.

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