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NFL to ‘look into’ Jon Gruden hiring
The NFL says it will investigate whether the Oakland Raiders violated the “Rooney Rule” when they hired Jon Gruden as coach.
Spokesman Brian McCarthy said Thursday in a statement that the NFL will “look into this.” The Fritz Pollard Alliance called for the investigation on Wednesday out of concern 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.
Davis said Tuesday after the introductory news conference that he believed that Gruden was “all in” to take the job during a meeting Dec. 24. Davis fired Jack Del Rio a week later and the team officially hired Gruden on Jan. 6 after the team interviewed two minority candidates.
Raiders, Seahawks to play in London
The Oakland Raiders will host the Seattle Seahawks in the first NFL game at the new London stadium of English Premier League club Tottenham.
The game will be played in week six of the season on Oct. 14.
Tottenham, the Premier League runner-up last season, is building a new 60,000-plus capacity venue on the site of the White Hart Lane stadium that was recently demolished.
Aaron Hernandez’s life becomes a TV special
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez’s life and death will be the subject of a one-hour special episode of “48 Hours” to be broadcast on Jan. 20.
The CBS program will be told by best-selling author James Patterson, who is writing a book about Hernandez.
Once one of the top players in the NFL, Hernandez was convicted for the murder of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancie. Hernandez hanged himself at the age of 27 in the Massachusetts prison cell where he was serving a life sentence. After his death, he was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which can cause depression and violent mood swings.