NFL: Raiders Complied With Rooney Rule

When the Raiders seemingly agreed to hire Jon Gruden without interviewing any other candidates, black or otherwise, many wondered if the team would face sanctions for violating the Rooney Rule. The NFL investigated the matter and concluded on Friday that the team did comply with the rule, a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Jon Gruden (vertical)

The ruling is sure to draw eye rolls from many around the game. In Gruden’s introductory press conference, owner Mark Davis insinuated that he had reached agreement with the coach on Christmas Eve. Two minority candidates Oakland tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin – were technically interviewed before Gruden signed a contract, but it seems that the job was already taken by the time they met with team brass in the New Year.

I felt pretty confident that he was all-in,” Davis said of the Dec. 24 discussion. “And that’s the term that we were using in our discussions and everything, are you all-in? And I never wavered from all-in. And this time he didn’t waver, either.”

First implemented in 2003, the Rooney Rule stipulates that at least one minority candidate must be interviewed for all head coach or senior football operations positions in the NFL. It’s possible that there will be changes to the rule in response to the Raiders’ conduct.

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10 comments on “NFL: Raiders Complied With Rooney Rule

  1. madmanTX

    Interviewing a minority candidate for a filled position is hardly complying with the Rooney Rule. Just Goodell sweeping another breaking of the rules under the rug. Must be pretty grimy under there with the destroyer Spygate videos and all.

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    • bigjonliljon

      It’s an outdated rule. The Raiders knew who they wanted to hire. Silly

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      • brewcrew08

        Exactly who cares. It’s a business and they hired who they wanted.

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        • giantsnut57

          Precisely! If Gruden was black, no one would bat an eye.

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          • yoyo137

            Yes they would!! All these Raider fans would be like “aw but I wanted Gruden!!” or “why didn’t we keep Del Rio then?”

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    • cuban1

      The rule is ridiculous to begin with. If they already know who they want to hire, to force them to interview a minority candidate just to fill a quota is wasting the time of all parties involved.

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  2. Kenleyfornia74

    Let it go already. They paid 100 million for their guy.

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  3. ray_derek

    I hate the Raiders, but in no way should they be penalized for hiring the only guy they ever wanted.

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  4. z3rogs

    The rule is intended to give an opportunity for a minority candidate to change their minds. The opportunity was given and the minority candidates were unable to convince the team to change their minds. Case closed.

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