Jan 10, 2012; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis (left) and Reggie McKenzie at press conference to announce the hiring of McKenzie as Oakland Raiders general manager at the Oakland Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Sued Over Age Discrimination of Previous Scouts


Drama is the usual suspect that follows the Oakland Raiders into their off-season programs.  However, the new regime in place has dealt away most of the drama queens and brought in personnel who just want to play football.  Furthermore, the Raiders can thank the New England Patriots ex-tight end Aaron Hernandez for shifting the spot light toward the east coast.

Still, a bit of drama happened regardless of where the focus has been.  It began with the Sports Illustrated article that featured comments from the Oakland Raiders ex-Public Relations Director Zak Gilbert.  The article, released in April of 2013, favored Reggie McKenzie, but it was not so favorable toward the late Al Davis and his son, current owner, Mark Davis.  As a result, Gilbert was released on June 1, 2013.  Gilbert’s unemployment was short-lived, because he was hired by the Cleveland Browns shortly after his release.

Currently, a law suit has been filed in Alameda Superior Court against the Oakland Raiders Organization.  The law suit was filed by two former scouts that were fired after the 2012 NFL Draft.  The two scouts, Jon Kingdon and Bruce Kebric, are claiming that they were discriminated against due to their age.  The claim states that the law protects employees over the age of 40 from adverse employment action.  Kingdon had previously spent 33 years with the Raiders and Kebric had spent 31 years with the team.

In a statement issued to PFT, the Oakland Raiders Organization stated, “The Oakland Raiders have a long history of being an equal opportunity employer, without regard to race, gender, or age.  These claims of age discrimination are meritless.”

On May 8, 2012, the Oakland Raiders announced that Kingdon and Kebric were relieved of their duties.  Kent McCloughlan and George Karras were also asked to leave.  McCloughlan and Karras both retired.  Reggie McKenzie had taken over the team as the new General Manager, and he was cleaning house.  In McKenzie’s opinion, it was time to bring in his own personnel for the Player-Personnel Department (Scouts).

Jan 10, 2012; Alameda, CA, USA; General view of the Oakland Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

In any changeover or rebuilding process for NFL teams, there is always going to be large-scale restructuring.  As part of the restructuring process, there will be players released and staff members (i.e., coaches, scouts, personnel, etc…) fired or relieved of their duties.  Nobody within any NFL organization can actually expect to be secure at their job position.  Just like players, there is always somebody else looking to take your job.

I guess in some way, the two scouts are taking the firing personally.  As such, they are trying to slide in under the umbrella of an age discrimination law (Much like the Tuck Rule).  Again, the Oakland Raiders Organization has proclaimed that the allegations have no basis, and the organization has reiterated that they are an equal employment opportunity employer.  Unless one of our players does something stupid within the next couple of weeks, this is all the drama you will find about the Oakland Raiders.

Tags: Aaron Hernandez Al Davis Bruce Kebric Cleveland Browns George Karras Jon Kingdon Kent McCloughlan Mark Davis New England Patriots NFL Oakland Raiders Reggie McKenzie Scouts Zak Gilbert

  • Jimmy Conway

    they both were there for over 30 years each.what other team would have kept them that long,regardless of there age. George Carlin-”It’s All Bullshit and It’s Bad For You”

  • ericthemadman

    They are just trying to rape the system! The Raiders were very good to them & this the thanks they give?? Sorry, like the article says, we have hired minorities, women, young folks…give it a break guys & retire gracefully!

  • eddytap

    all the raiders have to do is show their record of success in the draft and free agency over the past 10 years and they case will be thrown out! Plus, if they were so good at what they do, why didn’t any of the other 31 teams hire them on their scout team? Why because they suck…pretty simple

  • Dick Moore

    But, what if they kept all the younger members of the existing staff? Then the “bring in my own people” argument thins.

  • ljm619

    They might have deserved to get fired but they don’t make anywhere near the money as coaching staff or players, so I think it’s a bit unfair to justify this move with the “someone is always looking to take your job”. If you are in your late 50′s early 60′s and you get canned after 30+ years, you would be bitter too, and considering they probably can’t get jobs with any teams in the “Rebel Alliance” after getting fired by the Empire, they probably will have to retire so I understand why they launched a lawsuit. A classy move might have been to find them other jobs in the organization or offer them generous retirement packages. You really don’t know how good a scout they are since Al did whatever he wanted anyways.

  • Peter Furman

    I know Jon. He was a loyal,hardworking,talented person who was loyal,did whatever was asked of him and Al Davis appreciated him. I did game scouting for the Raiders for years.

    Al wanted someone at every N.F.L. game to report back on previous Raider players,player injuries,the game itself and who we thought might bet available and a good fit for the Raiders.

    Jon spent a lifetime with the Raiders doing scouting,color on broadcasts,anything,everything that was asked of him.

    Al Davis “loved” him as working for Al for so many years is Not something many can claim. Al was tough,demanding and loyal to those who were loyal to him.

    This is what the N.F.L. has become! I played football through college and was involved with the Raiders for years. I Know what I am talking about as NONE of you Bozo’s do!

    The game has become a disgrace. It wasn’t always that way! I find it next to impossible to watch a game because of what the league,the players and ownership have become.

    The quality of play is incredibly mediocre as the men/women who built the game are gone. I don’t know Al’s son but let me assure you that if Al were alive the Raiders would be a class organization. They are anything but.

    Jon didn’t make the draft picks.Al ran that team because he owned it and that was the way it was. No one got hired,drafted or fired without Al’s o.k.

    Al was a great football guy who stayed on way too long. He owned the majority interest of the team so he could do whatever he chose.

    Jon Kingdon deserves his name in a place of honor as he earned it . I hope he wins his suit because it’s just!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Wow, it is really nice to have the perspective of a former player and Oakland Raiders staff member. It was not my intention to slam or shed a poor light up Jon Kingdon. I was merely stating that no NFL job, with the exception of a team owner, is set in stone. At any moment, or any year, a person could be replaced or removed in the NFL. I believe that anybody who spent that much time with the Raiders organization should be honored. Hopefully, Mr. Kingdon can move on from this and be successful elsewhere.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I totally agree with you. This move would have avoided a lawsuit. However, we don’t know the full story, and maybe the Raiders did try to offer them a severance package.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    This is something i’m sure we will never know.

  • JP KIDD

    Well Raider Nation….guess what? More drama has just entered the arena, Raider LB Kaluka Maiava has been charged with assault and property damage in an altercation at a Maui night club. The charges are misdemeanors but let’s face it, NFL players will always make news headlines.

  • eddytap

    say what you want sir…but again if they were so good at their jobs, why weren’t they picked up by another team? Plain and simple the game has passed them by…no one is questioning their loyality or whatever…happens to all of us eventually especially in the NFL..you get replaced by someone younger and seen as more talented. Why should thing be any different for them? Sure honor them but let’s be realistic…in any other NFL city, they would have been replaced a long time ago. It’s because of the way the Raider operated that they survived this long.