Vic Fangio doesn’t see racism in NFL

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Vic Fangio acknowledged that there are societal problems which have to be fixed, but he thinks the NFL is doing OK on the racism front.

And no, it was not well-received.

After a day of meetings with Broncos players and team president Joe Ellis to have the ever-popular dialogue about issues of race and police brutality, Fangio said he didn’t think the league had a discrimination problem.

I think our problems in the NFL along those lines are minimal,” Fangio said, via Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com. “We’re a league of meritocracy, you earn what you get, you get what you earn. I don’t see racism at all in the NFL, I don’t see discrimination in the NFL. We all live together, joined as one, for one common goal, and we all intermingle and mix tremendously. If society reflected an NFL team, we’d all be great.”

The response was immediate, with Seahawks running back Chris Carson calling him “a joke,” and Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs asking: “Is he blind?

While those comments might have landed awkwardly — and the reality is many people in Fangio’s generation don’t see the problems because they literally don’t see it in their own day-to-day experience — the 61-year-old Fangio said he’s encouraged his players to protest, and noted the efforts of Broncos safety Justin Simmons.

“I thought it was great, Justin is a great person, a great leader, got his head screwed on correctly, he sees the problems and how they need to be solved,” Fangio said. “He’s searching for solutions and it’s easy for everybody to identify the problems . . . we need to search for solutions and I think Justin is one of those guys who will find solutions.”

Fangio also expressed the requisite emotions regarding George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis Police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes while be begged for air.

“I was shocked, sad and angry when I saw what the policeman do to a handcuffed George Floyd on his stomach that led to his death,” Fangio said. “He should be punished to the full extent of the law of the crimes he was charged with in addition to being charged with treason for failing to uphold the badge and uniform he was entrusted with . . . It’s a societal issue that we all have to join in to correct.”

That’s true. And so is allowing ourselves to be blind to the challenges of others.

24 responses to “Vic Fangio doesn’t see racism in NFL

  1. Fangio is right….the NFL (at least on the field) is merit based. If you are good, doesn’t matter your color.

  2. He’s pretty out of touch. I can name some examples of how coaches are hired, fired, rehired or never hired: Jeff Fisher earned what besides early draft picks?He coached for how many years? John Fox earned what (no. 1 draft pick) and gets a couple more gigs. Norv Turner? Chan Gailey, Kliff? Adam Gase, Mike Tannenbaum, Ryan Griggs, Dowell Loggins, Freddie Kitchens, John Lynch from TV to GM, Matt Millen from TV to GM, Zac Taylor? Mike Holmgren as a President, Ruston Webster, Russ (former Hawks GM), Chris Polians, Jim Mora Jr. Now who wasn’t been recycled Martin Mayhew, Jim Tomasulo, Chip Kelly, Jim Caldwell (pm getting hurt and Detroit moving into prematurely), Leslie Frazier, Lovie getting axed early, Steve Wilks, Ray Farmer (Haslams forced JManziel on him) and the list goes on. So if you see a meritocracy then maybe I’m blind. Those were a few names. How the guy in Detroit still has a job is beyond me. Ryan pace still employed. Eric Biennemmy not having a job is crazy. Josh McDaniels still in the running is beyond me. He torched the broncos and then burned the colts. John Elway keeps missing but keeps his job.

  3. “We’re a league of meritocracy”…

    Tell that to Tony Dungy who had to wait 15 years for a HC opportunity.

  4. Ummm, excuse me Coach Fangio, Eric Bieniemy would like to have a word with you. The NFL is not a meritocracy and I would be scared to live in a society that reflected an NFL team especially with some the owners being responsible for society, as well as for a league who put on that hypocritical bs of a statement this week. I’m sure Fangio means well in his comments because of his background, but here he has it wrong. Don’t give me that Bieniemy’s time will come the next hiring cycle when coaches with far less stellar resumes have head coaching jobs. For the record I used Coach Bieniemy as the example against his statement because using the other guy’s name, who proves Fangio is incorrect, makes some of y’all uncomfortable.

  5. Sure he’s an old guy who doesn’t fully see his own environment, but he’s right that if society operated at the same level as the NFL it would be a major step forward.

  6. Frankly I’m in disbelief. I’d to live in the magical world that Fangio resides in. This fantasy world without racism would be a joy to live in.

  7. I agree with Fangio. There’s no racism in the NFL. Just a bunch of self-centered self-entitled players always whining and crying about being disrespected because they’re not the highest paid at their position.

  8. Frankly, no country has done mote to right the wrongs of racism and it’s less rampant than the media would have you think. I had to research this topic for a book I wrote. One hundred years ago there were 5-million KKK members and their sympathizer in the US. That was one member for every 21 people in society. Now they have 8,000 members. That’s one for every 41,000 citizens.

    WE ain’t perfect but we’re going in the right direction.

  9. Fangio probably thought he was towing the company line and didn’t realize how bad what he said sounded…

  10. People don’t understand. It isn’t just the playing field. The front office…the owner’s box..is where the disparity really is.

  11. I had my doubts when the Broncos hired a 60 year old first-time HC, so I’m glad to see that Vic is connecting with the younger generation.

  12. Fangio is in a fantasy land, simply because he’s never been directly affected by racism.(and so is anyone who thinks he’s correct)

    America is much better than it was 400 years ago but it still has a long way to go. Any discrimination/mistreatment/wrong that is committed anywhere is just as good as it being done everywhere.

  13. The Fritz Pollard Association (the one created to address the lack of minority hiring in the NFL) and Colin Kaepernick would like a word Mr. Fangio……..

  14. Vic Fangio is an amazing coach, and had to wait nearly 40 years to get his chance at a HC position. So I see where he’s coming from.

    And the Eric Bienemy stuff is hilarious to me. I could coordinate Pat Mahomes and that pro bowl offense to wins under Andy Reid. Bienemy doesn’t even call the plays.

  15. Agree on Bieniemy. Look at his history and it’s pretty easy to understand why he’s not a HC.

  16. He’s kidding, right? I mean, a player got straight black balled for standing up (kneeling) for what he believes in. There’s that whole situation. As a whole, I’d say there’s more racism in the f/o than with players on the field but acting like the league is one big happy family is incorrect

  17. People that think there is no racism have their heads in the sand. They don’t want to admit it exists because they don’t care aka it doesn’t affect them directly

  18. Is this proportionality that I keep hearing about supposed to mean that jobs should be filled by proportional representation of the general population or that managerial/owner positions should be representative of the workers in the business?

    You cannot have it both ways. And you shouldn’t have it any way.

    If government imposes racial quota rules on us, the long term effects will be bad for everyone.

  19. atthemurph says:
    June 3, 2020 at 10:21 am
    Is this proportionality that I keep hearing about supposed to mean that jobs should be filled by proportional representation of the general population or that managerial/owner positions should be representative of the workers in the business?

    You cannot have it both ways. And you shouldn’t have it any way.

    If government imposes racial quota rules on us, the long term effects will be bad for everyone.

    Nope, just bad for the ruling class.

  20. Patrick Mahomes was praised for making similar comments about teams and locker rooms. Also, the tone of the story was respectful – nothing like ‘(he) expressed the requisite emotions regarding George Floyd.’

  21. Fangio states: “I don’t see racism at all in the NFL, I don’t see discrimination in the NFL. We all live together, joined as one, for one common goal, and we all intermingle and mix tremendously. If society reflected an NFL team, we’d all be great.”

    What in the world is wrong with this?!!!??? A man, with decades of experience in a professional sports league, is stating HIS OWN understanding and experience of a situation and people believe they are allowed to be critical of it??!? NO ONE has the right to insist on another’s opinion to reflect their own or to exactly follow their own narrative. NO ONE.
    Whether some people decide to believe his words and his view or not is OF NO CONSEQUENCE. He said it, he believes it, and that is entirely OK! We, despite what so many in this country are suggesting at the moment, continue to have the right to free speech and expression of opinion and this will not be stifled by ANYONE, ANY GROUP, ANY GENDER,ANY RELIGION, ANY POLITICAL AFFILIATION, OR ANY RACE!! It is BEYOND ABSURD that people are critical of an instance where THE VERY INJUSTICE which they are focused on and are trying to raise awareness of IS LACKING!! He is saying that HE does not see it – we should applaud this and highlight it as an example of how justice and equality are present. We HAVE NO RIGHT to tell someone that they have to see something which they do not see. Wanting them to ‘see’ it does not make it so.

  22. qckappa says:
    June 3, 2020 at 9:31 am
    “Fangio is in a fantasy land, simply because he’s never been directly affected by racism.(and so is anyone who thinks he’s correct)”

    HOW CAN YOU MAKE THIS STATEMENT WITH ANY DIRECT KNOWLEDGE OR UNDERSTANDING OF ANOTHER PERSON’S SITUATION OR HISTORY? This is tantamount to my saying that “anyone who disagrees with me is wrong”! ??? What a daft comment to make qckappa! I am a male caucasian, enemy #1 in many progressive circles, and I HAVE BEEN DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY RACISM. Yes, you have read this correctly. Now, qckappa may believe this impossible, though let me tell you, it is indeed possible. I worked in Singapore for many years and I experienced racism – full stop. Did it bother me? Not in the least – because I recognized it for what it was and knew that the people exhibiting this racism were in no way capable of estimating or determining my equality. I wouldn’t allow it. I persevered. qckappa will have you believe that I persevered due to being a white male…no, I persevered because I didn’t allow it to affect me; I pushed forward in a society of racism; I won.
    So DO NOT TELL ME who has or has not been directly affected by racism. And DO NOT tell me that anyone who thinks another man’s comment is incorrect simply because YOU don’t agree with it!

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