The Raiders’ Jon Gruden hiring process drew scrutiny from the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which took issue with Mark Davis‘ comments an agreement with Gruden was in place before the team fired Jack Del Rio.
Now, the NFL is looking into the matter. A league spokesman confirmed (via ESPN’s Adam Schefter, on Twitter) the NFL is investigating the Raiders for a possible Rooney Rule violation.
The Raiders interviewed tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, who are both black, and feel that should qualify as Rooney Rule compliance. However, an agreement already being in place with Gruden, as Davis intimated, and these meetings with Johnson and Martin occurring subsequently would stand to put the franchise as non-compliant.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk notes the league does not have a rule in place to prevent a coach being hired before his predecessor is fired, but with the league mandating one minority candidate must be interviewed for vacancies, this process may not look great for the Raiders.
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