Raiders Under Investigation For Possibly Violating Rooney Rule

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets Sunday Dec. 24 2017 in East Rutherford N.J

Still, there were reports that former quarterback and league MVP Rich Gannon, who is now in the broadcast business, would be a pick to join Gruden's staff in Oakland as the team's quarterback coach. He indicated that he fired coach Jack Del Rio on December 31 after a mutual understanding between Davis and Gruden that both were "all in" on Gruden's return to coaching.

Fritz Pollard Alliance counsel Cyrus Mehri and N. Jeremi Duru issued a statement Wednesday expressing concern that Raiders owner Mark Davis came to an agreement with Gruden before the team interviewed any minority candidates. After the game, his fellow play-by-play commentator Sean McDonough shook his hand, congratulating him on the hire, with Gruden replying that he had a great run.

With the Raiders descending so fast on a white candidate, the team is in hot water over whether it violated the "Rooney Rule".

Davis said Tuesday after introducing Gruden as the team's new coach that he believed Gruden was "all-in" to take the job during a meeting on Christmas Eve. Asked what the Steelers should do this offseason, Bell said, "Value me". "And that's the term that we were using in our discussions and everything".

As far as the Raiders go, Gruden's contract is expected to be for ten years and be worth up to $100 million, at least according to ESPN. "And this time he didn't waver, either".

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NFL Network's Steve Wyche and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that the league is launching an investigation.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Tuesday he interviewed two minority candidates before Gruden's hiring was announced.

Mark Davis said he had been trying to bring Gruden back for six years ever since taking over the franchise following his father's death and the opportunity was finally right this year.

Of course, the rule works only if the NFL enforces it, which is why the Fritz Pollard Alliance and others are so adamant that the league look into whether the Raiders took it seriously in this case.

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