MILLEN PUNISHED FOR MINORITY HIRING OFFENSE

Lions' vice president Matt Millen will be fined by the league for violating the minority hiring policy Lionsfans.com has learned. After hiring head coach Steve Mariucci in early February, Millen faced heavy scrutiny for what many determined was a violation of the policy that requires a team interview a minority candidate.

Lions' vice president Matt Millen will be slapped with one of the highest fines in NFL history for violating the NFL's minority hiring policy Lionsfans.com has learned. An announcement will be made by NFL officials this afternoon.

The NFL will fine Millen a whopping $200,000. The Lions and the Ford Family will be absolved of any wrongdoing and the penalty to Millen will be the only sanctions leveled for the hiring of current head coach Steve Mariucci.

After hiring Mariucci in early February, Millen, the Detroit Lions franchise and the Ford family faced heavy scrutiny for what many determined was a violation of the policy that requires a team interview a minority candidate.

While the Lions' considered a few minority replacements for former head coach Marty Mornhinweg, including offensive coordinator Sherm Lewis and current Bengals' head coach Marvin Lewis, former Minnesota Vikins head coach Dennis Green and Pittsburgh Steelers assistant Tim Lewis, it was obvious to many that Mariucci was Millen's primary candidate.

Several high profile interested parties, including superstar attorney's Johnnie Cochran and civil rights activist Cyrus Mehri, asked publicly that the Lions be punished severly be the league, including the loss of draft picks.

Detroit has cancelled its afternoon training camp session in anticipation of an announcement coming from NFL officials this afternoon.

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