NFL Investigating Raiders' Possible Rooney Rule Violation After Jon Gruden Hire

Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden right smiles as he listens to a question from former Raiders player Charles Woodson as he sits next to owner Mark Davis during an NFL football press

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis was relentless in his pursuit of Jon Gruden - perhaps too relentless.

The NFL has confirmed it is "looking into" the Raiders' hiring of Jon Gruden and whether they violated the Rooney Rule in the process.

Gruden's hire provoked some suspicion nearly immediately upon being reported last week.

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. General Manager Reggie McKenzie said Tuesday that the team had interviewed Raiders tight end coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, but many observers were unsatisfied by that explanation.

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Gannon's decision is not overly stunning, as the life of an National Football League position coach is vastly different from one as a broadcaster.

An advocacy group is now questioning whether racism played a part in the Raiders' hire of Jon Gruden as their next head coach.

At the press conference announcing his hiring, Gruden said he had filled all three coordinator positions with Greg Olson (offense), Paul Guenther (defense) and Rich Bisaccia (special teams). "But if there is a closed process and those minority candidates were going through the motions and had no idea there was already an agreement, that is not fair to them and it is not fair to the next guy coming up through the ranks".

Mark's late-father Al Davis made Tom Flores the first Latino head coach ever. And you also can't play games with the aspirations of two brothers simply because you want to give the APPEARANCE of compliance on the Rooney rule.

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Known for his feisty sideline demeanor, Gruden admitted he has some "unfinished" business with the Raiders.

Gruden was traded to Tampa Bay in 2003 and proceeded to guide the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl championship in his first season. He has a career coaching record of 95-81. Almost a week later, it was announced that he would be getting a 10-year contract worth $100 million.

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