Denver coach Broncos: “I don’t see racism in the NFL at all”

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Dortmund's English midfielder Jadon Sancho shows a "Justice for George Floyd" shirt as he celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match SC Paderborn 07 and Borussia Dortmund at Benteler Arena in Paderborn on May 31, 2020.

“I think our problems in the NFL in this regard are minimal,” said Fangio. “We are a league of meritocracy, you earn what you get, you get what you earn.”

“I don’t see racism in the NFL at all. I don’t see discrimination in the NFL,” added Fangio. “… We are lucky. We all live together, united as one, for a common goal, and we all mix and mix tremendously. If the company reflects an NFL team, we would all be fantastic.”

Fangio’s comments came when protesters reached the eighth day of protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody. Fangio called Floyd’s death a “social problem that we all have to join to correct.”

Of the 32 NFL teams, only four have a non-white manager. Of the five off-season coaching vacancies, only one was occupied by a non-white person when Ron Rivera, who is Hispanic, was hired by Washington. Only two of the current directors-general are minorities.

The NFL has been criticized for its response to former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on his knees during the national anthem during the 2016 season to protest police brutality and racial injustice. When Kaepernick became a free agent in 2017, no team offered him a contract and accused the team owners of colluding to prevent him from being signed.
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On May 19, the NFL announced the implementation of improved diversity policies and an expansion of the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview a minority coach each time a manager opens.

Now, clubs will be required to interview at least two minority candidates for coaching vacancies; at least one minority candidate for one of the three vacant positions of the coordinator; and at least one minority candidate for senior football operations or the position of general manager.

Candidates for minorities and women must also be included in the interview processes for senior front office positions as club president and senior managers in communications, finance, human resources, legal, football operations, sales, marketing, sponsorships, IT and security positions.

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