Racist practices in the NFL: Roger Goodell wants change

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell believes there are still some issues in the league when it comes to inclusion. Earlier this week, former coach Brian Flores shed light on the circuit’s problems with employing minority instructors.

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In a statement on Saturday, Goodell said the league « understands the concerns » of Flores and others who have raised their voices to speak out about the discriminatory treatment they have experienced.

The former Miami Dolphins pilot was the most incisive of the group by filing a civil lawsuit against three teams for racist practices during the hiring process. He especially castigated the Rooney rule, a smokescreen according to him, which obliges organizations to interview at least one candidate from a visible minority.

“We have made significant efforts to promote diversity and have employed different strategies and programs which have led to positive changes in several sectors. On the other hand, we must recognize that the results were unacceptable, with all due respect to the head coaches,” argued Goodell.

“We will reassess and review all of our strategies, guidelines and initiatives relating to diversity, equity and inclusion, which includes gender,” added the commissioner, who recognizes that there are many of work to do.

Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin is the only black head coach in the NFL, while there are six black general managers. In the suit for Flores, who was fired by the Dolphins last month, it is mentioned that 70% of the players in the league are nevertheless African American.

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