President Joe Biden called out the NFL for their lack of Black head coaches in an interview that aired during the Super Bowl.
BIden specifically said having diverse leaders in the league is a requirement of “generic decency.” Biden appeared in an interview with NBC News anchor Lester Holt.
During the interview, Biden said, “they haven’t lived up to what they committed to and lived up to being open about hiring more minorities to run teams. The whole idea that a league that is made up of so many athletes of color, as well as so diverse, that there’s not enough African American qualified coaches ‘to manage these NFL teams,’ it just seems to me that it’s a standard that they’d want to live up to. It’s not a requirement of law, but it’s a requirement, I think, of just some generic decency.”
Criticism of the NFL over diversity is not a new thing. The league is majority minority players, as about 71% of NFL players were people of color last year. Only about a quarter of players are white.
As of now only three people of color have head coaching jobs and the rest are white. In 2020 the NFL decided to require clubs to interview at least two minority candidates for available head coach positions.
Earlier this month, former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores sued the NFL for racial descrimination in the hiring process. Flores discussed how he sat in several interviews knowing he wouldn’t get hired and that he was only being granted an interview because of the requirements instated by the NFL in 2020.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said, “We won’t tolerate racism. We won’t tolerate discrimination. I found all of the allegations, whether they were based on racism or discrimination or the integrity of our game, all of those to me were very disturbing. They are very serious matters to us on all levels, and we need to make sure we get to the bottom of all of them.”
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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