Broncos coach Vic Fangio called George Floyd’s death while in police custody a “societal issue that we all have to join in to correct,” but he said he doesn’t see discrimination or racism as problems overall in the NFL, Jeff Legwold of ESPN reports.
“I think our problems in the NFL along those lines are minimal. We’re a league of meritocracy. You earn what you get, you get what you earn. I don’t see racism at all in the NFL, I don’t see discrimination in the NFL,” Fangio told reporters Tuesday when asked about his experiences in the league over the past four decades. “We all live together, joined as one, for one common goal, and we all intermingle and mix tremendously. If society reflected an NFL team, we’d all be great.”
Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson took exception to Fangio’s view of the league, calling the Broncos coach “a joke” in a tweet Tuesday night. Seahawks teammate Quandre Diggs also weighed in on Twitter, asking, “Is he blind??”
On Wednesday, Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy told ESPN’s Golic and Wingo that he agreed with Fangio’s point of an NFL meritocracy on the field, but Dungy said there are still issues in the league.
“To say there’s no racism and no problem, I think, really is not recognizing the situation,” Dungy said. “As you said, the league has talked about having 70-75% African American players and no black [team] presidents, just a couple of black general managers. … It is not a complete meritocracy, even though it’s a great place. And I think the same thing could be said of our country.”
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