Representative wants hearing on system racism in NFL

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That didn’t take long.

Only one day after former Dolphins coach Brian Flores filed a landmark racial discrimination lawsuit against the NFL and three team, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) called for a hearing on the issue of systemic racism in the NFL.

“While 70 percent of National Football League [NFL] players are Black, it is unacceptable and reprehensible that, after the recent firing of Houston Texans Head Coach David Culley and Miami Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores, we are left with only one Black head coach in the NFL out of the 32 head coaching positions,” Rush wrote in a letter to U.S. Representative Jan Schakowski (D-Ill.), Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, a committee that has jurisdiction over professional sports.

“Incredibly, there has never been a Black owner of an NFL team. . . . I am afraid that this lack of diversity is not a coincidence or a mere accident, but more systemic in nature. Simply put, this is bold-faced racism. Coach Flores is risking his career to raise allegations of racism against the NFL, as did Colin Kaepernick when he protested police violence against Black men and boys. The firing of David Culley and Brian Flores are not unique. These are allegations that surface time and time again.

“It is the responsibility of this Subcommittee — given our jurisdiction over professional sports — to shine a bright light on these allegations and to thoroughly investigate these concerns. As such, I urge you to swiftly hold a hearing on the issue of systemic racism in the NFL, especially as it relates to ownership, coaching, and general management positions.”

The NFL relies on significant widespread public attention and revenue. It’s appropriate for Congress to examine and regulate the league’s hiring practices. Indeed, when Congress began exploring the NFL’s handling of the Washington investigation, the NFL did not push back against the propriety of a Congressional investigation.

Next up? Possibly, an investigation regarding the allegation that the Dolphins and Browns paid coaches and/or other employees to lose games.

22 responses to “Representative wants hearing on system racism in NFL

  1. Wonderful. It was so nice to have 1 year of football not dominated by the pandemic or anthem protests and just enjoy the game. We can’t have nice things.

  2. How about someone hauls these corrupt, incompetent morons in front of a committee and get to the bottom of why they are so corrupt and incompetent????

  3. No matter the reason, it’s not a good look. You have 32 head coaching positions and only 1 is black.

  4. How about a hearing on Roger Goodell and what he knows, as he does favors for entitled, loser owners, so he can keep his job?

  5. Caldwell had two winning seasons in Detroit of all places and was fired for an abomination of a head coach. Flores had two winning seasons also and was fired.

  6. NFL vs Congress. A fun battle to see who is hiding the most skeletons in their closet.

  7. Of course now the politicians are getting involved in football. More grandstanding with nothing being accomplished.

  8. So does that train of thought require that GM’s and coaches be required to field an even split of ethnic groups on there team?

  9. Would love to know if this guy is up for re-election in the midterms. Most politicians don’t take a position on anything unless there is publicity to be had and votes to be gotten

  10. Caldwell had two winning seasons in Detroit of all places and was fired for an abomination of a head coach. Flores had two winning seasons also and was fired.

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    Matt Nagy was fired after this season also. He had a winning record after four seasons ( FLores had a losing record). Nagy also had 2 playoff apprearances. Flores had 0.

  11. hitit49 says:
    February 2, 2022 at 9:16 pm
    So does that train of thought require that GM’s and coaches be required to field an even split of ethnic groups on there team?

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    I don’t think anyone is looking for an “even” split. But when 75% of the players are black and when plenty of outstanding black coaches and front office personnel are routinely passed over there is something inequitable going on. You are going to have a hard time explaining why Eric Bieniemy doesn’t have a job at the same time that Josh McCown is being considered for a HC spot.

  12. Hard topic. Young guys who had zero head coaching experience come in and crush it. You come in and don’t crush it. Are you surprised that you get fired? In a league where so many Non African americans never get considered for a head coaching spot I think he didn’t do himself any favors. Taking a coordinators spot and crushing it there would get you another spot and you have the perspective to succeed on the next go around.
    So many guys don’t get a second chance I think looking at what he could have done better would have better served him.

  13. How many times is the argument going to be the NFL has 70% of it’s players being Black but only employ (add your number here #) Black Head Coaches?
    When not a single person who makes this a talking point ever backs it up with any real relevance as to how that should tie into Head Coaching numbers? Does anyone think for one second that if Andy Reid or Belichick were Black they wouldn’t be on the top of the list for every vacancy available?

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