Jimmy Haslam “disappointed” by John Wooten’s remarks

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After the Browns’ bang-bang firing of Sashi Brown and hiring of John Dorsey, John Wooten of the Fritz Pollard Alliance said that he is “livid” with the team for apparently failing to comply with the Rooney Rule. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam isn’t happy about that.

Haslam told reporters during the press conference that introduced Dorsey as the team’s G.M. that Haslam is “disappointed” with the comments Wooten made, and that the Browns “absolutely” complied with the NFL’s Rooney Rule.

Haslam said that he hopes to speak to Wooten about the situation soon.

However this one is resolved, the speed of the firing and hiring and the secrecy employed by the Browns invites fair questions about the process, not simply as to the Rooney Rule but also as to the broader question of whether the Browns can even begin to believe that they have cast a net wide enough to uncover the best possible candidates for the job if people who may have been extremely viable candidates didn’t even know that the job was being filled.

18 responses to “Jimmy Haslam “disappointed” by John Wooten’s remarks

  1. The Rooney rule is incredibly stupid. Forcing teams to interview a black candidate is equivalent to a quota system that colleges have used for years. Black coaches will rise to the top based on their ability, not some Mickey Mouse rule that the NFL put in place. Approximately 70% of the NFL players are black, so maybe each team should be forced to put more white players on their roster? This would be ridiculous because the 70% are there because they are the best players, so the same standard should be upheld for coaches … the best coaches should be hired, white or black.

  2. So let me get this straight.
    You want each team to comply with the Rooney rule and they ALSO need to do so in the public eye? Somehow this makes the Rooney rule more effective and the spirit of the rule more apparent?
    That’s out of control.
    How they conduct business is up to them. If there is a rule–follow it and move on. Nowhere does it say you have to follow the rule in a specific way so to appease all of the liberals.

  3. broader question of whether the Browns can even begin to believe that they have cast a net wide enough to uncover the best possible candidates for the job if people who may have been extremely viable candidates didn’t even know that the job was being filled.

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    I’m sorry, but this is BS. They know who they wanted and went out and got him before someone else did….isn’t that smart business 101?

  4. Oh please, if Dorsey is a good fit, we will see. If he was black, I have no doubt Haslam would’ve hired him just the same. And I can’t stand Jimmy Haslam.

    I just hope Dorsey can fix this mess along with Hue. I’m cool with Hue getting a couple more years, I think Sashi Brown screwed this team up worse than Hue.

    But better be improved results big time next year.

  5. If they interviewed Whaley, then they complied with the rule. This is a non-story/non-issue. Hire the best candidate, period. I’d be more upset with having to do token interviews because of some rule rather than on my merits, anyway. Probably why I’ve never gotten any interview to be and NFL GM.

  6. Here we go again with a bunch of offended white guys decrying the Rooney Rule as outdated, unneeded, or even bad for African-Americans. White guys deciding what is good for black folks. Sounds familiar from past centuries.

  7. “Forcing teams to interview a black candidate is equivalent to a quota system colleges have used for years”.

    The Supreme Court struck down college quota systems in the early 90’s. No college has had a quota system since then.

    If you can’t get admitted, it is not because an undeserving minority took your spot. Maybe you just weren’t smart enough.

  8. Uhhhhh, looking at the Browns’ exec and coaching choices in the past, I would think John Wooten would be happy…not in this day and age.

  9. Mr. Haslam the owner of Pilot truck stops has at his disposal one of the largest employment agencies in the country, which I believe is Adecco, so to say he didn’t cast a wide enough net is just silly.

  10. Hmmm… Person X is my idea of the ideal candidate for the job. Person X is available to accept the job. How does anyone else get the job? Someone’s trying to fan flames here where there are none.

    The person the owner wanted to hire got hired. Move along… Maybe we could get back to criticizing turf conditions, or sparse attendance (both at the games and in front of the TVs).

  11. Two days ago it’s “no way the Browns will find a candidate who wants a job because of these reasons”

    Browns literally get their guy 20 minutes after the job is open.

    Now it’s “well they could have done better”

    Which is it football media?

  12. It’s called a silent search. They were interviewing people while Brown still had the job. It’s a practice that is done quite often in business so you have the person’s replacement ready to go when you let the person go. So while this site was saying that they would have a problem finding someone, they were already interviewing people. They probably got going after the Giants canned their HC and GM or perhaps it was earlier after the trade deadline fiasco so they wouldn’t be way behind or risk losing the guy they were interested in. No team goes into this process without having an idea who their favorite for the role is.

  13. joparks2012 says:
    December 8, 2017 at 4:50 pm
    It’s called a silent search. They were interviewing people while Brown still had the job. It’s a practice that is done quite often in business so you have the person’s replacement ready to go when you let the person go. So while this site was saying that they would have a problem finding someone, they were already interviewing people. They probably got going after the Giants canned their HC and GM or perhaps it was earlier after the trade deadline fiasco so they wouldn’t be way behind or risk losing the guy they were interested in. No team goes into this process without having an idea who their favorite for the role is.

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    I was positive he would be one of three choices the Giants would have made as GM. The 2nd Scot McCloughan and the third being an unknown (which could be 2 to 10).

    But the Giants (Mara) have become a holier than thou organization and it’s getting annoying as a Giant’s fan. It’s nice to see Mara finally knocked down a few pegs.

    Now it’s on to plan B. Because someone ALWAYS jumps the Giants in the draft so this is no surprise. I swear there is some major leak in that place. Why hire Acorsi for help when it should be obvious to anyone who follows football, knows Dorsey is the most qualified out there? Scot McCloughan might be as good or better but he has a past that there is no way the high almighty Mara would consider hiring him.

    I know how hard it is to quit drinking. When I saw McCloughlan’s interview and he was grabbing a beer, I knew he didn’t get it. Hopefully, for his sake he does. The key is to understand that others can drink and you can’t. Period. Tough pill to swallow. Makes you jealous, angry, then you say screw it, if they can I can, then you’re back to square one. When you finally accept that others can and you can’t, you have a legit shot. I quit smoking many years ago and they all say it’s the hardest. I beg to differ.

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