Fritz Pollard Alliance strongly disagrees with NFL clearing Raiders on Rooney Rule

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The Fritz Pollard Alliance, which has served as a watchdog for diversity in the NFL, has ripped the league for allowing the Raiders to get away with two Rooney Rule interviews that are widely regarded as shams.

“We strongly disagree with the NFL’s conclusion that the Raiders did not violate the Rooney Rule,” the Fritz Pollard Alliance said in a statement. “We believe the facts overwhelmingly point in the other direction. In his enthusiasm to hire Jon Gruden, Raiders’ owner Mark Davis failed to fulfill his obligation under the Rule and should step forward and acknowledge he violated the Rule.”

The Raiders say they fulfilled the Rooney Rule because they interviewed two minorities, their own tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, before naming Jon Gruden their head coach. The NFL bought that explanation, but the Fritz Pollard Alliance says those interviews were meaningless.

“The NFL broke ground when it created the Rooney Rule, but it made the wrong call in refusing to penalize Mark Davis in this instance,” the statement said. “Davis crossed the line, and we are disappointed in the League’s decision. The Rooney Rule and all of the League’s equal opportunity efforts need to be strengthened. We have called for meetings with the League to ensure that a process like this never happens again.”

The Fritz Pollard Alliance has usually been open to accepting NFL teams’ explanations about interviewing minority candidates, but in this case, Raiders owner Mark Davis admitted he had an agreement with Gruden before Jack Del Rio was fired, which means the job was never really open. That’s where the Fritz Pollard Alliance says the Raiders crossed the line and the NFL should have stepped in.

78 responses to “Fritz Pollard Alliance strongly disagrees with NFL clearing Raiders on Rooney Rule

  1. Again, who really cares? The best person in the eyes of the ownership should get the job. Regardless of color. Does the Fritz Pollard alliance want a less successful coach to get the job?

  2. Maybe my white privilege is showing, but inst it better to hire the candidate you want and ignore the Rooney rule instead of flying a minority “candidate” across the country for a sham interview so you can hire the guy you wanted all along?

  3. Good grief…so they want to make an absolute horrible rule even worse! How about a merit based system…if the Steelers fired Mike Tomlin several teams would be hiring him immediately, and that’s ok because he is a minority but they can ignore everyone else? Still a bias rule one way or another. Minorities have been getting hired based on what they can do NOT because their skin color. Give it up and scrap the rule.

  4. “Raiders owner Mark Davis admitted he had an agreement with Gruden before Jack Del Rio was fired, which means the job was never really open.”
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    Where in the rulebook does it say a HC needs to be fired before a team goes out looking for a new one? What if Gruden had said “no” to the offer, and the Raiders wanted to fall back on JDR??

    And ask Greg Schiano how much unsigned contracts are worth – ZERO.

  5. Fritz Pollard going up against the team that broke barriers before they were required to be broken… good luck Fritz.

    One Nation

  6. If you’re interested in the spirit of the law, there was no job opening. If the Raiders couldn’t get Gruden, they were keeping Jack Del Rio.

    If you’re interested in the letter of the law, the Raiders interviewed 2 minority coaches before the Gruden hire was official.

    Even if you approve of the Rooney Rule (which I don’t), the only objections are people who view it as a chance make beat their chests for their cause.

  7. I think the time for the rule has come to an end. I will say though, since it is the current rule, I agree with the Fritz Pollard Alliance in this case. This rul is past its time but with its existence, I believe the Raiders did fail it.

    IMHO

  8. NFL owners paid for their teams and pay the salaries of the players,coaches, and team staff members…not Fritz Pollard. Owners hire who they want to hire. They hire the best qualified. What standard does Fritz Pollard use for qualified candidates?

  9. The Rooney Rule has the wrong idea… Head coaching hires are usually either former head coaches or current coordinators. Most of those options are probably white. If there aren’t many minority candidates being interviewed for head coaching positions, then try to aim at getting more minority coaches as offensive or defensive coordinators first.

  10. The NFL bought that explanation, but the Fritz Pollard Alliance says those interviews were meaningless
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    To fix this, you must have even more meaningless interviews!!!

  11. Update the rule. If the team has targeted a specific coach prior to interviewing him they can notify the league office and skip the Rooney rule. If a team is going to interview coaches for a true search then they have to follow it. Everyone wins because you have to be able to hire person X without a dog and pony show if you aren’t going to perform a search.

  12. Sure glad we have the FPA here to tell us how unfair the NFL is towards the race that makes up 70% of it’s players and 20% of it’s coaches….even though that race only makes up 11% of the population. Ridiculous.

  13. The Raiders didn’t violate the rule. The rule isn’t there to stop a team from hiring the guy they want. It’s there to give interview opportunities for minority coaches who otherwise may not have gotten them. In this case two coaches received that opportunity so the Rooney rule was followed.

  14. So if the Raiders hired a black coach in the same manner as they hired Gruden, would this Alliance have an issue that a white coach wasn’t interviewed? If the team already knew who they wanted to hire and weren’t going to have a vacancy at that position if they couldn’t get who they wanted.

  15. The rule doesn’t need to end. It needs to be enforced. The NFL has far been too much of a “good ole boys” network. I know several highly qualified individuals with the requisite backgrounds to be in front office positions. But it doesn’t stop there: The referee unions in the NFL and colleges have both had the same “good ole boys” network too. Diversity should not only be on the field but also in the offices. And it’s not just racial minorities…They need to include more women. And not just in the administrative positions.

  16. It’s that time of the year again to get the PR machine reved up.
    Time to renew the yearly membership.
    This is how the drive is kick started.

  17. djcohen15 says:
    January 19, 2018 at 3:47 pm
    Maybe my white privilege is showing, but inst it better to hire the candidate you want and ignore the Rooney rule instead of flying a minority “candidate” across the country for a sham interview so you can hire the guy you wanted all along?

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    They interviewed their own inside candidate and a USC coordinator….. not a cross country flight for either man…. but don’t let facts slow your outrage.

  18. ok Fritz,

    lets list the way the raiders discriminate:

    They hire the first black coach
    They hire the first hispainic coach
    They hire the first woman executive
    They currently have a black GM…..

  19. Regardless, it is a rule. Matt Millen when he was with the Lions, violated the rule – and got in trouble. Get rid of the rule if you don’t like it but since it’s a rule adhere to it.

  20. The rule is in place to ensure minority candidates get the opportunity to interview…in this case, 2 did. The fact the owner already planned to hire someone else is meaningless.

    And if the former-coach-turned-broadcaster that the owner lured out of the booth and was going to hire all along was not Gruden but Tony Dungy, this wouldn’t even be a issue.

  21. Al Davis was hiring minorities before there was a rule in place.

    He would go into the all black colleges in the south to recruit guys who could play.

    First Hispanic coach.

    First African American coach.

    First female executive.

    Al Davis and the RAIDERS were the first to bust down the door.

    Gantt, Florio, Fritz and everyone who disagrees can continue to kick and scream.

    The RAIDERS are untouchable on this one and it’s not even close.

    #imwoke
    #hashtagsarestupid

  22. Widely regarded as shams? They’re the ones wanting a rule imposed that forces teams to interview somebody even if they have no interest in or intention to hire them making every interview just to satisfy the rule a sham. Do they not understand they’re promoting the same “sham” they’re protesting?

  23. Cite an NFL by-law or any official document that says the “Rooney rule” must be followed. I don’t think anybody can. It only exists in a press release and talking points.

  24. “The rule is in place to ensure minority candidates get the opportunity to interview…in this case, 2 did.” To get an interview when the job is still open not after it’s been filled.. That’s the definition of a token interview. A sham. I wonder if any of you actually know what the rule is. Don’t like it, change it – but until then it’s a rule. And to find one team but not another is bad practice.

  25. I support the Rooney Rule 100% but this Fritz Pollard Alliance is giving it a bad name and is actually going to hurt minority candidates in the long run. I don’t think any intelligent human being is going to disagree with the fact that the best candidate for the Raiders job got hired, regardless of race. And, the Raiders did comply with the rule. It almost seems like the Fritz Pollard Alliance is being run by a bunch of white supremacists who are trying to cause a big backlash against minority candidates. If that’s their goal, they’re succeeding.

  26. So basically they’re saying the Raiders are racist because their #1 candidate was a white guy, and they hired him after performing the pointless token interview with a black coach to appease the rule……

    So basically it’s just racist when a white coach gets hired then, huh? Sure, whatever you say Fritz Pollard.

  27. Why can’t an owner (who’s team is known for hiring minorities) hire the best coach for the job. Instead of wasting their money and time flying guys across the country for a job they are not even considered for the job. FPA is racist imo. I’m sure every owner will hire the best available coach for THEIR team no matter their race.

  28. Ray says:
    January 19, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    To get an interview when the job is still open not after it’s been filled.. That’s the definition of a token interview. A sham.
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    99% of these minority interviews are token interviews. Shams. Besides, these guys were interviewed before Gruden became the coach.

  29. Alt-Left SJW groups are terrible for business and unity. Teams and businesses that listen to them will end up regretting it.

    Hire the best person for the job. Period.
    Leave your identity politics to the losers in 2016.

  30. Ray says:
    January 19, 2018 at 5:09 pm
    “The rule is in place to ensure minority candidates get the opportunity to interview…in this case, 2 did.” To get an interview when the job is still open not after it’s been filled.. That’s the definition of a token interview. A sham. I wonder if any of you actually know what the rule is. Don’t like it, change it – but until then it’s a rule. And to find one team but not another is bad practice.

    *************

    Well then. Could you please point to the signed contract that was completed between the Raiders and Gruden before the additional interviews? If there is no signed contract, there is no new coach. That is the rule. Don’t like it, change it.

  31. The NFL had no choice. They would never survive a lawsuit from the Raiders if they tried to punish them. The date on Gruden’s contract is a later date than the date of their minority interviews. The Raiders complied with the rule. If you don’t like the rule, change it, but you can’t punish someone who abided by the law just because you didn’t like the outcome. That’s just not the way the laws of our land work.

  32. All these victimized whiners screaming about how it’s the rule so follow it are the same people screaming about how many of their people are in jail for marijuana possession. Only beneficial rules should be enforced right?

  33. The Rooney rule had a place years ago when almost no minorities were considered. Today isn’t that day, ask Marvin Lewis and Mike Tomlin, two of the longest tenured coaches in the league.

    In short, the Rooney rule worked and it showed it was the right thing to do with SB wins by the likes of Tomlin and Dungy. Now it’s time to abolish the rule.

  34. losingisnotanoption says:
    January 19, 2018 at 3:49 pm
    Is there a better candidate that the FPA feels the Raiders should have hired?

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    Yeah…..any black guy

  35. Hey what time does the Raider game start this weekend?
    All this reporting on the Raiders team … they have to be favors to win this weekend.

  36. LOL were still talking about this? Why is anyone giving this Fritz pollard alliance the time of day. Its a done deal, move on, this SJW nonsense has gone off the rails.

  37. Wait a minute. If an NFL team interviews a minority candidate to cover the rule knowing the full time it is going to hire a whitey and then does, they still broke the Rooney Rule?

    C’mon man.

  38. The Rooney rule is, by definition, racist. The Fitz Pollard Alliance is a racist organization. I do not remember Martin Luther King Jr. saying that his dream was that one day black people would be given jobs because of the color of their skin…When are we going to realize that a society without racism means we don’t look at the color of people’s skin, for any reason? I find it offensive whenever they do the whole “First African American” to do this or that. I really wish Dungy would’ve shot down all that crap when he won the Super Bowl. Racism does not fix racism.

  39. Of course they broke the rules. The Rooney Rule is stupid and actually does more harm for minorities. The whole thing is a joke.

  40. It seems to me that the fact that Huge Action and Marvin Lewis still have jobs means that the Rooney Rule is no longer needed.

  41. The Raiders complied with the rule period. What else were they supposed to do, pretend they really wanted someone they really didnt want? You cannot force a team to be interested in someone they’re not. The rule is dumb so change it!

  42. Oh the irony…the same educated crowd advocating that a rule is followed are also the ones insulting the President for wanting to enforce immigration laws…must be nice to be able to flip flop your morals when it’s convenient…

  43. Didn’t they say a few weeks back that they were ok with how it was handled?
    Then, after the presser, Mark Davis said what everyone already knew but now it is no good?

  44. Maybe we need to acknowledge that the Rooney rule is dumb. There needs to be a rewriting of the rule, its a ridiculous red tape line anymore. If someone is interested into an african american coach, they will interview them. Forcing them to interview African American coaches in cases where they already know who “their guy” is, is just checklist work at that point. If a team really did not want minority hires, then they would interview a minority coach and hire their guy. At that point all you have done is provide is an inconvenienced and assistant coach. This rule is arbitrary at best, requiring them to interview someone they won’t hire is just dumb.

  45. Of all the teams to go after, the Raiders? I think they’ve proven that they will hire the best candidate regardless of race or sex. Art Shell, Tom Flores, Amy Trask, Hugh Jackson, and current GM Reggie McKenzie…..

  46. The Fritz Pollard alliance only cares if a minority candidate is interviewed, not if he is a serious candidate or if he’s even hired. Sounds as if there’s an issue with the Fritz Pollard alliance

  47. The rule (in this case) is a sham. If you already know who you want, interviewing a black person is not going to change the organization’s mind. I understand why it is there, but if I want someone, I’ll be dammed if a forced interview will change my mind.

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