Jason McCourty: NFL locker rooms can have uncomfortable but productive racial discussions

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Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty is expecting the widespread discussions about race across America to spread to NFL locker rooms when training camps open, and he thinks those discussions will be uncomfortable but ultimately productive.

McCourty said on CNN that a diverse NFL locker room can be a good forum for straight talk between people of different backgrounds.

“I think it’s going to be an opportunity to uncomfortably have these discussions and to be able to really feel what each and every person in the locker room has gone through,” McCourty said, via the Boston Herald. “Not only myself, but there are so many guys within the locker room from so many different backgrounds, races, demographics. That allows us a special moment, to be a melting pot. And really in that situation, to really be able to care for one another and be able to understand and talk to each other about what our journey has been like.

“I think that a unique setting that we have within the locker room that — Hey, we all have a common goal. We all want to do something special on the field. But at the same time, we have a responsibility to get to know each other and build on things we can do in the community. So I’m excited to see what the locker room will be like when you have 90 guys that are willing to care for one another and be able to make change together.”

NFL locker rooms are more racially diverse than most American workplaces, and may allow for more uncomfortable but productive discussions — something that America could use right now.

21 responses to “Jason McCourty: NFL locker rooms can have uncomfortable but productive racial discussions

  1. Why does there need to be any racial discussion in locker rooms? Just go on the field and “DO YOUR JOB”

  2. After Drew Brees, one of the best human beings in the game and proven supporter of minority communities with his time, money and businesses, was just about crucified for giving his personal opinion and experience, do we really expect any white player in the league to speak out at these meetings?

  3. No they can’t. Look at what happened when brees voiced his opinion.

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    And then others voiced their opinion of his opinion……

    See how that works?

  4. Hey Jason you better build something with those 90 guys in that locker room or should you say rebuild

  5. Drew Brees can be a decent person, and also have a stupid perspective. He voiced it, and got shown what people think of it. That’s part of the uncomfortable conversation process. The measure of a person is whether they can continue to learn.

  6. amaf21 says:
    June 5, 2020 at 7:06 am
    No they can’t. Look at what happened when brees voiced his opinion.
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    He admitted his opinion was wrong, and he got put in check.

    Just like anyone should be put in check if you think any part of Kaep’s kneeling protest was about a flag.

  7. amaf21 says:
    June 5, 2020 at 7:06 am
    No they can’t. Look at what happened when brees voiced his opinion.

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    Yeah he said something that, given the timing, came off as insensitive. Others that he cares about reacted to his opinion with their opinions. And that caused him to reconsider his opinion and apologize. I don’t see what is so wrong about that. That is called discourse, regardless of how emotional it may get. That is how adults communicate. He could have stood by his words if he wanted. No one forced him to apologize. Is he not his own man?

  8. SWFLPC.INC says:
    June 5, 2020 at 8:31 am
    Yeah…..unless its about football Bill won’t like that

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    Fine. Bill doesn’t have Brady anymore so we will see how much sway he has once the winning stops.

  9. saintstephen1 says:
    June 5, 2020 at 8:46 am
    After Drew Brees, one of the best human beings in the game and proven supporter of minority communities with his time, money and businesses, was just about crucified for giving his personal opinion and experience, do we really expect any white player in the league to speak out at these meetings?
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    Nope. He wasn’t crucified. He just was put on notice to think more about what He’s saying and doing. You have to come 100% or stand down.

    #nofauxness

  10. No they can’t. Look at what happened when brees voiced his opinion.

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    And then others voiced their opinion of his opinion……

    See how that works?

    yeah but he got blasted for his un-popular opinion see how that works?

    He never should have apologized for HIS opinion that too is covered under freedom of speech…

  11. Sounds like a good idea to me. Within a group of folks from diverse backgrounds, people tend to hang out with those of similar backgrounds and don’t get to understand the challenges others must face even though they’re on the same team. Discussions among these folks from different backgrounds should promote understanding and cohesiveness. It’s better bringing out those things in the open behind closed team doors instead of fighting them out in the public with interviews and social media posts, as in the Brees situation.

  12. Everyone will be entitled to their opinion as long as those opinions agree with the acceptable opinions.

  13. dcpatfan says:
    June 5, 2020 at 10:23 am
    amaf21 says:
    June 5, 2020 at 7:06 am
    No they can’t. Look at what happened when brees voiced his opinion.
    _______________________________________
    He admitted his opinion was wrong, and he got put in check.

    Just like anyone should be put in check if you think any part of Kaep’s kneeling protest was about a flag.

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    You are right. It was all about getting beat out by Blaine Gabbert

  14. No one ever said all lives don’t matter. They said BLACK LIVES MATTER because apparently many in law enforcement don’t seem to recognize that. Drew Brees isn’t a racist but his comments were insensitive. Most NFL players are black. They care about anti black racism in this country. All your statements of white lives matter are like if you broke your leg and asked for help people responded with “what about my leg?” And as for the anthem protests, it’s a time when most fans are watching. It’s meant to capture attention. Many black people served in the military and were treated like garbage when they came home from war. When else would you like the players to protest? I guess never since none of you actually care about black people anyways, unless they’re providing entertainment for you in the form of sports. Yes, some of the reaction to Drew Brees was over the top. But considering it’s been 4 years since Kaepernick took a knee obviously you still haven’t gotten the message about police brutality and racism. Athletes have a major voice amongst Americans and can be a huge call for change.

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