Mike McDaniel: I identify as a human being and my dad is Black; it’s weird that it comes up

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New Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel is, according to the NFL, a minority. That matters because the NFL has specific rules about minority coaches, including that the 49ers will receive two third-round draft picks for helping to develop a minority assistant coach to the point where another team hired him to be its head coach.

But McDaniel, to many eyes, looks white. And there’s been some hand-wringing on social media about whether McDaniel is “really” a minority. For McDaniel himself, he wishes people would just identify him as human.

“It’s been very odd, to tell you the truth, this idea of ‘identifying’ as something,” McDaniel said when asked about it today. “I think people identify me as something, but I identity as a human being and my dad is Black. So whatever you want to call it, I know there’s a lot of people with a shared experience. It’s weird that it comes up because I’ve just tried to be a good person. And I think my background opens my eyes a little bit. I don’t have any real experience with racism because I think you identify me as something close to — I don’t know. I know my mom experienced it when she married my dad. I know my dad experienced it, that’s in my family. But I guess that makes me a human being that can identify with other people’s problems.”

It’s a thorny subject and McDaniel would clearly prefer to be talking about football. But he answered the question well.

26 responses to “Mike McDaniel: I identify as a human being and my dad is Black; it’s weird that it comes up

  1. Ideally it wouldn’t matter but if we are going to make race an issue in hiring practices then it has to be addressed

  2. Let the cards fall as the may, let’s stop putting a race or color on everything, all it does is create more division…

  3. I love this kid so much!! I just became a huge fan of the Phins and ii wish him a lot of success in the future. He gets it.

  4. Really not a Dolphins fan, but I definitely have respect for his position and willingness to share it.

  5. xpensivewino says:
    February 10, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    Shouldn’t the team that hires a minority coach get draft picks as well??????

    It kind of makes sense but I think it would be considered insulting to the person hired. You don’t want to make it appear that you need to have some extra incentive to hire a person other than he was the best man for the job.

  6. He’s right. A person should be hired on his experience and ability. It’s sad race is always being mentioned over and over and over.

  7. Cheers to the new head coach. I wish everyone could hold this view. The issue with the Rooney rule while well intentioned is it doesn’t fix anything. it creates the need for sham interviews to check a box. The issue lies largely in who the GM is. Do they already have a relationship with a candidate. I would say in Dabolls case then def yes.

  8. Everyone loves and relates to this quote.. except Sammy Watkins who believes he’s a lizard (seriously.. Google it).

  9. It’s a thorny subject and McDaniel would clearly prefer to be talking about football. But he answered the question well.

    Indeed he did. He seems to be a fine human being. I hope he succeeds.

  10. I hate to say this, but does the Flores situation have anything to do with this hire? I may not be giving McDaniel enough credit, and I’m a 9er fan. It just seems there is a bit of disconnect. Was McDaniel on anyone else’s radar? As a 9er fan, he did get a bit of buzz during the playoffs(the offense mostly stunk though). 9 ers get 2 3rd rounders and I wish nothing but the best for McDaniel, it just still seems kinda political.

  11. I think people are starting to get annoyed by the deliberate attempt by the media (for ratings) and politicians (for votes) to divide us. Most of us just want to enjoy our lives with other human beings. We’re ALL different in one way or another. Momma always said, “If we were all the same, life would be boring.”

  12. As Dr. Martin Luther King said judge by the content of one’s character not the color of one’s skin. Good luck Coach McDaniel.

  13. He’s right. Everyone should identify as a human being. Being proud of your heritage is one thing but it shouldn’t be a factor in anything else. Politicians make a living off of these things, real people shouldn’t. Constantly pointing on the race of yourself or others only furthers the divide. When it comes down to it I’m sure most fans don’t care what his skin color is, only his coaching ability. People are really trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill with this stuff.

  14. It’s baloney. The media s obsessed with checking off boxes so they can flaunt statistics. Just let people be who they are so they can do their jobs.

  15. If the rule is based on guideline right or wrong how do we know any candidate meets the guidelines. If you go for a job that says you need a degree…they get proof you graduated. Every story says his mom married an African American and that his Dad dies in a car accident. Yet there is no name for his father, no death certificate, no marriage certificate, family photos, pics or anything. It is just odd. If he wanted to put it to rest some of this information would be out there, but nothing. Trust but verify.

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