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The Rooney Rule is Broken

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The NFL owes the Lions an apology -- as well as $200,000 with almost seven years' worth of accrued interest.

The league reprimanded the Lions in July 2003 for "violating the spirit" of the NFL's then-newborn Rooney Rule in their aggressive, accelerated pursuit of a suddenly available Steve Mariucci. The Lions couldn't attract a minority candidate for a precursory interview, because everybody knew Mariucci was the guy they wanted.

So explain this to me: How is what Washington did and what Seattle is trying to do any better?

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