Brian Flores: People with loud opinions on Colin Kaepernick are silent on George Floyd

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Dolphins coach Brian Flores has become the first NFL coach to issue a statement on the murder of George Floyd. And it is a powerful one.

The statement, provided to ESPN.com, points out the inconsistency between those who have loud opinions on issues like Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protest and devices for incentivizing the hiring of minority coaches but who remain quiet, relatively speaking, on the killing of African-Americans by police.

“I’ve had the privilege of being a part of many different circles that have included some very powerful and influential people of all different races and genders,” Flores said. “The events of the last few weeks have brought some of the memories of those conversations back to light. I vividly remember the Colin Kaepernick conversations. ‘Don’t ever disrespect the flag’ was the phrase that I heard over and over again. This idea that players were kneeling in support of social justice was something some people couldn’t wrap their head around. The outrage that I saw in the media and the anger I felt in some of my own private conversations caused me to sever a few long-standing friendships.

“Most recently, I’ve had conversations about incentivizing teams for hiring minorities. Again, there was some outrage in the media and talks that this would cause division amongst coaches, executives and ownership. I bring these situations up because I haven’t seen the same OUTRAGE from people of influence when the conversation turns to Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and most recently George Floyd. Many people who broadcast their opinions on kneeling or on the hiring of minorities don’t seem to have an opinion on the recent murders of these young black men and women. I think many of them QUIETLY say that watching George Floyd plead for help is one of the more horrible things they have seen, but it’s said amongst themselves where no one can hear. Broadcasting THAT opinion clearly is not important enough.

“I lead a group of young men who have the potential to make a real impact in this world. My message to them and anyone else who wants to listen is that honesty, transparency, and empathy go a long way in bringing people together and making change. I hope that the tragedies of the last few weeks will open our hearts and minds to a better way of communicating and hopefully create that change.”

Change definitely is needed. The decision of the coach of an NFL team to issue such a strong and heartfelt statement underscores that the time has come for reform, for better training, for more prudent use of lethal force by law enforcement.

If the murder of George Floyd doesn’t spark that change, what will? Here’s hoping that influential voices in the NFL and other aspects of society continue to call for change, ignoring the stick-to-sportsters who presumably (and inexplicably) prefer the status quo.

 

46 responses to “Brian Flores: People with loud opinions on Colin Kaepernick are silent on George Floyd

  1. Uhh no they are not, this is a national outrage and there hasn’t been any silence in regards to this situation.

  2. I have seen just about universal outrage regarding to what happened to George Floyd. We are all very upset about the tragedy. Now the idiots looting and rioting, that is a different situation.

  3. The vast majority who wanted to silence Kaep have never and will never experience the problem he spoke out about. Take a good hard look in the mirror and try to convince yourself he was wrong. Go ahead. Keep trying.

  4. IMO it was murder of George Floyd. I’m white and I’ve said it and I’ve said loud. I’m pissed off like never before from what I saw. To me this was more about evil people than race. The cop that did it and the cops that stood and watched are evil people. Too many of my friends are black and are sick and tired of hearing about racism and its use to divide us. This was a power hungry cop that abused a beautiful american citizen. The time has come for good cops to say no more BS from these bad cops they are allowing to get away with this type of crap.

  5. Sadly, things like this will never go away. The cop killed him and should be charged and sent to prison like other criminals committing crimes. End of story! I believe most cops are good people protecting its citizens but there are always going to be a couple bad apples on the apple tree.

  6. A way to cool all heads might be to see the :
    1. Number of civilian deaths at the hands of police
    2. Deaths white cop black civilian
    3. Deaths white cop white civilian
    4. Deaths minority cop minority civilian
    5. Deaths minority cop white civilian
    This would help us see if their is racial bias in these killings, and would help direct education in a helpful way to the police.

    We all want the police to legally deal with criminal behavior, and not kill civilians unnecessarily..

  7. The false narrative that has been promoted through these issue is the claim that those who felt it was inappropriate for Kaepernick to kneel and disrespect the flag had no problem with murder of black people. That is patently false. People did not want to see the flag and America disrespected. There are plenty of other ways to protest, and speak out on this issue other than what Kaepernick did. There are many other issues that need awareness. Should other NFL players use the National Anthem to bring up their issues. I know that Ben Watson is a big pro-life person. Would we be okay with Ben Watson using the National Anthem to express his pro-life beliefs? Would we? Should we turn the NFL pre-game into a political debate?

  8. Yeah, he’s completely wrong on that. Everyone was pretty much outraged. But in order to push the narrative that the outrage at Kap was rooted in racism rather than patriotism, even if that was misguided, this has to be said ad naseum.

  9. That self righteous stuff about how Kaepernick was being disrespectful to our veterans was just subterfuge mostly to hide bigotry. Look what they did to Kaepernick and now it is painfully evident that he was exactly right and doing what was necessary. Yet the NFL brass are still silent.

  10. football players are paid to play football,actors are paid to act,singers are paid to sing.the proper legal experts will fix this injustice,in a way they already have by charging a out of control policeman with a crime.will this fix everything i doubt it,but neither will people that have no dog in the fight offering inflamed opinions.i’m disappointed to see flores talking.wasn’t he just given his job of his dreams regadless of his race.sometimes silence is best until clearer heads prevail.

  11. Phil Knight is drooling over the next ad featuring Neil Downer aka Kaepernick and all the
    messages he can bring to sell more apparel and shoes. Because, that’s what Phil and Nike are all about and only about.

  12. vikinghooper says:
    May 29, 2020 at 5:00 pm
    A way to cool all heads might be to see the :
    1. Number of civilian deaths at the hands of police
    2. Deaths white cop black civilian
    3. Deaths white cop white civilian
    4. Deaths minority cop minority civilian
    5. Deaths minority cop white civilian
    This would help us see if their is racial bias in these killings, and would help direct education in a helpful way to the police.

    We all want the police to legally deal with criminal behavior, and not kill civilians unnecessarily..

    I for one appreciate the effort but that isn’t scientific at all. Plus like anything else if you drill down deep enough you either cover the problem or find someone the GOAT n a football field. It is all pretty much bogus.

    But if you want a real stat, from 2019 I believe, maybe 2018, black Americans are more than twice as likely per 100000 to be killed in a police encounter. But even that isn’t effective in changing perspectives about why this is wrong. We shouldn’t be looking at statistics. We should be looking at that video, then looking at other videos, and realizing this isn’t in a vacuum. It is an actual problem. When people get disgusted by that, and not forget about it when the news cycle changes or…heaven forbid vote for people who find this unacceptable, then things will change.

    Which means I am not holding my breath. We condone with silence, and a whole lot of people on this board don’t see that we are largely silent on the issue. Talking is bogus. Act. THAT is being a voice, rather than an echo.

  13. Great statement from Brian Flores! The racial, financial & empathetic issues that many Americans have truly reflect poorly on the Country as a whole.

  14. I think he is conflating those issues if the influencers he is referring to are in the NFL sphere. National Anthem kneeling and minority hiring practices directly affect the NFL and how it is perceived – law enforcement reforms do not. Therefore, folks in the NFL sphere tend to talk about those issues more than others.

  15. We, The People of this nation have the power to make the positive changes we so desperately claim to seek. All we need to do is vote. I too, want to see a revolution. The cycle needs to end. Democracy is our vehicle for change. Please, exercise your freedom to vote, and mobilize those around you to vote. Politicians will change their habits when they realize they need to listen to the people, instead of placating the people. We are all far more similar than we’re led to believe we are, and we all want most of the same things. It’s the systematic division that keeps us apart. Please vote, please engage your friends and family to exercise their right to vote. 40.2% of African American voters between the ages of 18 – 14 voted in the last presidential election. Caucasians, same issue, only 41.1% between the ages of 18-24 voted during the last presidential election. You are the future of our nation, make it cool to vote, make it cool to be involved in the shaping of the future of this nation. I know this is PFT, I want to apologize for posting on this platform, but I won’t. Take the power back.

  16. Everyone is outraged about Floyd’s senseless murder however looting and burning down neighborhoods is unacceptable and please don’t use the “we’re frustrated excuse”, no rational person of any race or creed buys it.

  17. 80% of the Minneapolis police do not live in the city. Those percentages need to change significantly.

    Read the complaint. One of the other officers asked the cop kneeling on him to change Floyd’s position because of the risk. He wouldn’t. He then took his pulse and couldn’t find one. The officer kept kneeling on him without a pulse for two minutes.

    That’s not manslaughter. That’s murder.

  18. Exactly this. Kap copped a lot of hate, but he wasn’t wrong was he? Well said Coach!

  19. I appreciate the logic and clarity of Coach Flores comments. There is NO ROOM in our society for any racial division, harassment nor certainly any racial discrimination. We all should stop and think before communicating, asking “does this help or hinder unity in our country?” May God bless Coach Flores and all who will stand up equality and justice throughout our society—in racial, political and economic matters.

  20. They only arrested the ex officer AFTER they started to burn down the city. Action actually does mean more than words.

  21. redclaw1314 says:
    May 29, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Who exactly is Flores talking about?

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    Jerry Jones for one.

  22. Could it be those people Flores speaks of are sports commentators? And Floyds murder is national news, not sports related? Therefore they are obligated to comment on such matters?

  23. objectivefbfan says:
    May 29, 2020 at 5:56 pm
    vikinghooper says:
    May 29, 2020 at 5:00 pm
    A way to cool all heads might be to see the :
    1. Number of civilian deaths at the hands of police
    2. Deaths white cop black civilian
    3. Deaths white cop white civilian
    4. Deaths minority cop minority civilian
    5. Deaths minority cop white civilian
    This would help us see if their is racial bias in these killings, and would help direct education in a helpful way to the police.

    We all want the police to legally deal with criminal behavior, and not kill civilians unnecessarily..

    I for one appreciate the effort but that isn’t scientific at all. Plus like anything else if you drill down deep enough you either cover the problem or find someone the GOAT n a football field. It is all pretty much bogus.

    But if you want a real stat, from 2019 I believe, maybe 2018, black Americans are more than twice as likely per 100000 to be killed in a police encounter. But even that isn’t effective in changing perspectives about why this is wrong. We shouldn’t be looking at statistics. We should be looking at that video, then looking at other videos, and realizing this isn’t in a vacuum. It is an actual problem. When people get disgusted by that, and not forget about it when the news cycle changes or…heaven forbid vote for people who find this unacceptable, then things will change.

    Which means I am not holding my breath. We condone with silence, and a whole lot of people on this board don’t see that we are largely silent on the issue. Talking is bogus. Act. THAT is being a voice, rather than an echo.
    _______________________________________________

    Everyone agrees these incidents are awful. But that doesn’t excuse the media fanning the flames and running with headlines “Black males are being hunted in the streets”. Stats are stats. 3 black men are killed every day by police. THat is AWFUL. Some of those are undoubtedly justified, and some are not. But to say American police are hunting black males is just a lie and sensationalism at its finest, and will do nothing to solve this problem

  24. In my life I’ve watched race riots in many cities of this nation. Watts, Harlem, Detroit; after Martin Luther King, after Rodney King, many more. Every one of them set off by events like George Floyd’s death. Every time – EVERY TIME – white folks change the subject to identify the rioting and looting as the problem, not as being a result of the real problem. Let me clue you in -no one wants to riot, but as long as it’s the only way to effectively draw attention to this crap then it’s going to happen.
    So quit changing the subject (so you can feel a little better about yourself) and understand racism is still a huge problem in this country.

  25. “Many people who broadcast their opinions on kneeling or on the hiring of minorities don’t seem to have an opinion on the recent murders of these young black men and women.”
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    How on earth did he come to that conclusion? Was he following specific people or something?

  26. burlingtonbills says:
    May 29, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    We, The People of this nation have the power to make the positive changes we so desperately claim to seek. All we need to do is vote. I too, want to see a revolution. The cycle needs to end. Democracy is our vehicle for change. Please, exercise your freedom to vote, and mobilize those around you to vote. Politicians will change their habits when they realize they need to listen to the people, instead of placating the people. We are all far more similar than we’re led to believe we are, and we all want most of the same things. It’s the systematic division that keeps us apart. Please vote, please engage your friends and family to exercise their right to vote. 40.2% of African American voters between the ages of 18 – 14 voted in the last presidential election. Caucasians, same issue, only 41.1% between the ages of 18-24 voted during the last presidential election. You are the future of our nation, make it cool to vote, make it cool to be involved in the shaping of the future of this nation. I know this is PFT, I want to apologize for posting on this platform, but I won’t. Take the power back.

    I am an outsider to your country (Canadian) love your football but what burlingtonbills says is so true the young need to really implicate themselves in the operation of their country so that this racist bias is illiminated amoungst other things. like he says TAKE BACK THE POWER and rectify the horrible position that your country now finds itself in worldwide thank you burlingtonbills for giving me this time to vent

  27. Not true IMO. I don’t know anyone who isn’t sickened by the Floyd murder-by-cop.

  28. Sounds to me as if Flores, who is both black and Hispanic, is just calling out the hypocrisy in the sports and sports pundit worlds. I don’t really think he criticizing Kaepernick.

  29. Flores another big mouth trouble maker.
    You want over half the fans to tap out again?
    We been there, done that.
    Kaepernick was exposed as the communist ally he was.
    Wearing Castro shirt in Miami?
    He isnt too smart.

  30. daddeeo says:

    Not true IMO. I don’t know anyone who isn’t sickened by the Floyd murder-by-cop.
    =============================================================

    He made it up because he thought it sounded good. He has no way of knowing if anyone complained about Kaepernick and race based hiring and have said nothing about the current issue. He has no way of knowing and has now lost my respect.

  31. Sorry Flores.. You are way off base on this one.. A quick check of my instagram feed shows nothing BUT people expressing outrage on this horrible incident. And the posts are from Blacks, Whites, Asians, Hispanics etc. Stop trying to make this a racial issue.

  32. stexan says:
    May 29, 2020 at 7:55 pm
    In my life I’ve watched race riots in many cities of this nation. Watts, Harlem, Detroit; after Martin Luther King, after Rodney King, many more. Every one of them set off by events like George Floyd’s death. Every time – EVERY TIME – white folks change the subject to identify the rioting and looting as the problem, not as being a result of the real problem. Let me clue you in -no one wants to riot, but as long as it’s the only way to effectively draw attention to this crap then it’s going to happen.
    So quit changing the subject (so you can feel a little better about yourself) and understand racism is still a huge problem in this country.
    ____________________________________________________________

    You just made the point that the riots and looting do nothing to solve the problem. So what should be tried next?

  33. @burlingtonbills

    In a true democracy, what you say would be true and helpful. But, America is now an oligarchy with widespread gerrymandering, voter suppression and election rigging. Don’t forget that, in 1999, SCOTUS selected GWB as president, not the voters. So, the establishment are not allowing change thru the ballot box, and revolution is the only way forward. As JFK said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

  34. History will show that NFL decision makers as a whole were on the wrong side of the Kaepernick issue. Heck, present day is showing that. A black man who was under arrest, not resisting and powerless was smothered to death by the Police. This is exactly why Kaepernick did what he did. The fact that tons of Americans keep bringing up the false narrative of patriotism and US troops when Kaepernick’s name is mentioned is disgusting.

  35. fishfan77 says:
    May 29, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Sorry Flores.. You are way off base on this one.. A quick check of my instagram feed shows nothing BUT people expressing outrage on this horrible incident. And the posts are from Blacks, Whites, Asians, Hispanics etc. Stop trying to make this a racial issue.

    *****************

    As I read Flores’s words, I don’t think at all that he’s talking about social or other media. He’s talking about people he himself knows in the football world, like the owners and coaches who want to come down hard on kneeling but don’t want to hear about or talk about the terrible problems we have with racist acts in our country.

  36. Too many Americans want to look at the killings of Back men by police as isolated incidents. It’s easy to look at the film of what that officer did to Floyd and say it was wrong.

    How about what the other officers? Do you see their actions (holding Floyd down, not actively stopping a murder in process) as inexcusable and criminal?

    Do you understand that as violent crime has gone down in our country over decades police shootings of civilians has gone up?

    For 50 years politicians have told us there is no money to address poverty, inequality and racism but in the last 4 years the National Debt grew 50% while huge tax cuts were given to wealthy Americans. Amazon has a market capitalization of close to $1 trillion but pays no federal tax. The concentration of wealth in the US is at its highest in the history of our country.

    These killings are not aberrations. They are systemic. There’s a reason why the last cop to get convicted in a wrongful death was Black and the victim was White. It is as clear as the nose on your face but you need to be willing to see it.

  37. Hey white people, there is a problem in this country, and if you can’t see it (or perhaps refuse to) then you are part of the problem. The fact that Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since he started protesting is just an extension of this problem. People want to criticize the rioters, but yet peaceful protests like kneeling are not ok either. A black CNN reporter gets arrested live on TV while other white reporters nearby do not. The “President” tweets “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”, without any knoweldge of its origin or any regard to its concequences. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Eric Garner. None of this is ok.

    America’s systemic racism starts with slavery and the various slave codes – state or federal laws created that codified the inhumane practice of chattel slavery into law. The American South was a “slave society”, not just a society with slaves. Following the abolition of slavery, laws similar to the slave codes continued to oppress black people. As black families fled the South in the 20th Century during the Great Migration, black codes followed them to LA, Chicago, New York and elsewhere. Black Americans – who were domestic refugees fleeing state-funded terrorism – allegedly brought crime, unemployment, vagrancy, and drugs. Police departments across America responded with more black codes and aggressive policing of black communities. Black life has always been criminalized and dehumanized in America. Don’t forget, the real Americans are the Native Americans, whose land was pillaged and taken from them by force. The same national anthem you sing before every game was written by a pro-slavery and slave owner. The third verse actually references slaves.

    So before you critize the protestors, rioters, bury your head in the sand and say there’s no problem, take a step back and look around and understand where we came from. We can do better. And we can be better.

  38. I don’t know what Brian Flores is observing, and I don’t care. I know for a fact that he’s not talking about reality, all he’s doing is expressing his own rage in a way that’s guaranteed to generate as much anger as possible in response. Because I’m very vocal about Kaepernick and how he systematically destroyed his value to the NFL. And I’m also quite vocal about how that cop needs to burn in every way the legal system can think of.

    So Flores needs to shut up until and unless he has something REAL to say about the matter. Also, if he has such strong beliefs about Kaepernick, he needs to lobby his GM to hire the man and stop whining about those of us who are simply calling it like it is.

  39. We have to stop this madness. This has nothing to do with race. We have to stop looking at it through a racial lens. This is not about white or black. This is about right and wrong. The police officer was wrong. He needs to be convicted of murder. The police officers that watched and did nothing were wrong. They need to be convicted on accessory to murder. Flores was wrong, there is plenty of outrage by any American who believes people in the wrong need to face consequences. The people destroying business and burning down buildings are wrong. They need to be arrested and prosecuted. Thinking of right or wrong unites us regardless of race. This is the lesson we can all learn from this tragic experience. I support all people in the right and believe we should all stand against those in the wrong. Let’s start looking at situations that through this lens and not a racial lens.

  40. From the Temptations song Ball of Confusion – “Cities a flame in the summertime and the beat goes on”.

  41. What happened in Minnesota was murder. I always respected CK’s kneeling. I didn’t like it but better people than me served and gave him that right. I’m having a hard time getting past the Castro shirt and the pig socks.

  42. john w keiser says:
    May 29, 2020 at 5:34 pm
    football players are paid to play football,actors are paid to act,singers are paid to sing.the proper legal experts will fix this injustice,in a way they already have by charging a out of control policeman with a crime. sometimes silence is best until clearer heads prevail.
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    By that standard please never comment on player or coaching ability for any team here unless you can provide proof of your status as player or coach.

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