Raiders issue stern statement denying interest in Gruden

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com
The Raiders have not spoken to Jon Gruden. (US Presswire)

On Tuesday, ProFootballWeekly's Hub Arkush told a Chicago radio station that Jon Gruden and the Raiders were in talks to bring him back to Oakland. At the time, we wrote that the report seemed like a long shot for several reasons.

On Wednesday, the Raiders issued a stern statement on the matter from director of media relations Zak Gilbert:

"Members of the media: There are two people on this planet that have the ability to make talks happen between Jon Gruden and the Raiders, with regard to him allegedly taking over the football operations, and/or the position of head coach. Each of those individuals, owner Mark Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie, wanted me to communicate that this rumor has no validity whatsoever.

"And for the record, I'm personally disgusted that Hub Arkush would spread such an untruth on the day our head coach, Dennis Allen, had to determine with his mom, his brother and sister, whether to take his dad off life support or wait and hope that he would regain consciousness. Dennis didn't have an opportunity to say goodbye to his dad, but he did have an opportunity to take a phone call regarding Hub's story."

Allen's father passed away Monday at the age of 66 after suffering a heart attack last week.

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