National Football League deems Raiders complied with Rooney Rule, won't be disciplined

Annette Crawford
January 19, 2018

On Friday, the league reportedly cleared the Raiders on this issue, finding that the team did comply with the Rooney Rule and won't face any discipline, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. The next chapter was the league believing that the Raiders followed such a protocol - though it wasn't set in stone.

The NFL has determined that the Oakland Raiders complied with the Rooney Rule, in its view, during the process that led to the hiring of Jon Gruden as the team's coach.

Jon Gruden (center), Oakland Raiders head coach, holds an Oakland Raiders jersey with his name as he stands between Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis (left) and Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie (right), after being introduced as the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders at Raiders Headquarters on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 in Alameda, Calif.

To comply with the Rooney Rule, the Raiders interviewed USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin and the team's former tight ends coach, Bobby Johnson, before signing Gruden to a 10-year, $100 million deal on January 10.

Detroit Lions president Matt Millen received a $200,000 fine in 2003 for violating the Rooney Rule by not interviewing any minority coaching candidates prior to hiring Steve Mariucci as head coach.

The team fired Jack Del Rio on December 31 and announced Gruden's hire January 6.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance said last week it was "deeply concerned by reports" that Raiders owner Mark Davis had reached an agreement with Gruden before interviewing any minority candidates, which would constitute a violation of the rule, according to the group.

The NFL's ruling that the Raiders complied with the rule will likely raise at least a few eyebrows around the league, especially since Davis has already admitted that the team agreed to a deal with Gruden before Del Rio was even fired.

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