Columnist Says Raiders Should Be Severely Fined And Lose 1st-Round Pick
No sports organization has ever done more to promote women and minorities to positions of power, but according to USA Today columnist Jarrett Bell, the Raiders deserve to be fined at least $1 million and lose a first-round pick for their insincerity in interviews with minority candidates to replace head coach Jack Del Rio.
“$1 million, plus draft pick penalty, would be in the ballpark of what Goodell levied on the New England Patriots for Deflategate. Nothing gets the wake-up call attention of NFL teams like forfeiting a premium pick. Besides, after committing $100 million to Chucky over 10 years, $1 million looks like a cost-of-living bonus.”
Bell understood that the Raiders were set on hiring Jon Gruden and essentially acknowledged that he has no issue with that.
“I’m not suggesting Davis should not have gone after the charismatic coach who’s already revived the franchise once and certainly will energize the Raider Nation again. Yet there’s a way this could have still been accomplished to maintain the credibility of the Rooney Rule.”
Understanding the fact that Davis was set on bringing Gruden back (and he was clearly the best candidate for the position), why make an effort to embarrass an organization that has been the standard-bearer for creating opportunities for minorities?
In this case, the Raiders could potentially be punished (severely for Bell to be satisfied) for having an insincere interview with minority candidates.
But how exactly does a rule really motivate sincerity?
Sure, there would be the motivation of a $10 million fine, but would Davis have been any more enthusiastic about the opportunity to hire someone other than Gruden because a larger fine was looming?
Of course not.
He wanted his guy and he got him.
As it turned out, USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, who interviewed for Gruden’s job, now has a second interview with the Raiders – this time for another position.
The first interview was obviously taken a little more seriously than critics want to believe…
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Everyone knows Gruden was the right choice and no one is anywhere close to questioning the Raiders’ motives in bringing back a legend.
But some, like Jarrett Bell, still want “severe” punishment cast down on the Raiders because of a perception and a technicality.
The lost draft pick is pure comedy, but if there is a fine involved, Davis should just go ahead and write the check now. Consider it a drop in the bucket next to all the work his family has done to change the way minorities (and women) are perceived in the NFL power structure.