Posted on February 14, 2022

Biden Calls Out Lack of Black Head Coaches in NFL in Super Bowl Interview

Teaganne Finn, NBC News, February 13, 2022

President Joe Biden called out the lack of Black head coaches in the NFL in an interview that aired during the Super Bowl, saying having diverse leaders in the league is a requirement of “generic decency.”

As NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pointed out, Biden said in an interview with NBC News anchor Lester Holt, “they haven’t lived up to what they committed to and lived up to being open about hiring more minorities to run teams.”

“The whole idea that a league that is made up of so many athletes of color, as well as so diverse, that there’s not enough African American qualified coaches ‘to manage these NFL teams,’ it just seems to me that it’s a standard that they’d want to live up to,” he said. “It’s not a requirement of law, but it’s a requirement, I think, of just some generic decency.”

{snip} Last year, about 71 percent of NFL players were people of color and only a quarter were white {snip}

Only three people of color have head coaching jobs in the league, in which white men hold the majority of the roles.

Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores sued the NFL this month alleging racial discrimination in the league’s hiring practices.