The Fritz Pollard Alliance called Wednesday for the NFL to investigate whether the Oakland Raiders violated the "Rooney Rule" when they hired Jon Gruden as coach. Fritz Pollard Alliance counsel Cyrus Mehri and N. Jeremi Duru said they were concerned that Raiders owner Mark Davis came to an agreement with Gruden before the team interviewed any minority candidates as required by the NFL since 2003.
"As soon as we learned of the reports http://www.49erscheapstore.com/k_waun-williams-jersey-cheap" rel="nofollow">K'Waun Williams Jersey , we formally requested that the NFL thoroughly investigate the matter to conclusively determine whether the Rooney Rule was violated – and if it was violated, to impose an appropriate punishment," they said.
The Fritz Pollard Alliance is dedicated to promoting diversity and equality of job opportunity in the coaching, front office and scouting staffs of NFL teams.
Davis said Tuesday at the news conference introducing Gruden as the team's new coach that he had been trying to make the move for six years and finally believed it would happen after a meeting in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve, the day before Gruden worked a game between the Raiders and Eagles on ESPN.
"I felt pretty confident that he was all-in," Davis said. "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."
Davis fired Jack Del Rio a week later and the team officially hired Gruden on Jan. 6. Davis also said he wouldn't have fired Del Rio if he didn't believe Gruden would sign on as coach.
"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 re-invigorate the franchise through Jack," he said.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Tuesday he interviewed two minority candidates before Gruden's hiring was announced. Those candidates were Oakland tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and Southern California offensive coordinator Tee Martin.
The Raiders and the NFL had no immediate comment Wednesday night on the request from the Fritz Pollard Alliance.


A look at what's happening around the majors today:
BRONX TALES
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ASCENDING ASTROS
Houston has won 10 in a row overall, and the World Series champions aim to finish off a 10-0 road trip when Lance McCullers Jr. starts against the Royals. Coincidentally, the Astros had an 11-game winning streak end in Kansas City last year.
OUCH!
The Indians expect to know more about Carlos Carrasco, a day after the right-hander was struck in his pitching arm by a line drive from Minnesota's Joe Mauer. The team announced Carrasco was diagnosed with a forearm contusion; manager Terry Francona said the pitcher was struck on the elbow.
OH THOSE O'S
The Orioles try to avoid a team-record 12th straight home loss when they face Miami. Baltimore has the worst record in the majors at 19-50 http://www.49erscheapstore.com/weston-richburg-jersey-cheap" rel="nofollow">Weston Richburg Jersey , including nine losses in a row overall. Dylan Bundy (4-7) starts for the O's against rookie Trevor Richards, who earned his first big league win on Tuesday against San Francisco.
HARDLY HARPER
Bryce Harper's batting average has dropped to .221 after he went 0 for 4 and struck out twice Saturday at Toronto. The former MVP still leads the National League with 19 home runs.
"What I think I'd like for him to do is maybe not swing so much," Washington manager Dave Martinez said. "He's been swinging a lot, and I really think now is the time to take less swings and just go play."
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Yovani Gallardo, who has pitched for three different major league teams since leaving his hometown Rangers after the 2015 season, is expected to start for Texas at home against Colorado. The 32-year-old righty has been at Triple-A since signing a minor league deal in April after being designated for assignment by Cincinnati.
LOOKING GOOD
Cardinals rookie Jack Flaherty (3-2, 2.96 ERA) gets the Sunday night start at Busch Stadium. The 22-year-old righty opposes Jose Quintana (6-4, 4.10) and the Cubs.