Group promoting National Football League minority hiring questions Raiders' Jon Gurden hiring process

The Raiders recently hired Jon Gruden as their next 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.

Before Gruden's hiring was official, Fritz Pollard Alliance chairman John Wooten told ESPN he trusted that Davis and McKenzie had followed the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate as part of an open process.

Although the Raiders have taken some heat for the quick hiring of Gruden and potentially not complying with the Rooney Rule, the team maintains they did everything they were required to do interviewing two minority candidates.

Despite these claims, National Football League insider Ian Rapoport claimed that the Raiders did, in fact, satisfy the Rooney Rule by interviewing Tight End coach Bobby Johnson and USC Offensive Coordinator Tee Martin.

The Raiders fired previous coach Jack Del Rio following their season finale on December 31.

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If the league investigates the Raiders and finds they violated the "Rooney Rule" Oakland could be subjected to a major fine and/or a loss of draft picks. The facts matter. Fairness matters.

John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, had said last week he believed the Raiders had satisfied the Rooney Rule before hiring Gruden. Even if the Raiders did comply to the Rooney Rule, it does show the rule is slightly flawed.

"I believe that I would've sat down with Jack and we would've figured out coordinators and assistant coaches and things like that and try to figure out how to reinvigorate the franchise through Jack", he said.

"But if in December, Gruden and Davis reach an agreement - not necessarily a written, contractual agreement, but a verbal agreement - that Gruden was going to coach for the Raiders, and then after that they do these interviews with minority coaches, that would be a violation of the Rooney Rule". He made Art Shell the first African-American head coach in the modern era. Minorities candidates were interviewed.

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