On Tuesday, Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio was asked about the recent George Floyd protests and diversity as a whole in the NFL. Along with other insensitive comments, Fangio claimed "I don’t see racism at all in the NFL," and "If society reflected an NFL team we'd all be great." On Wednesday, Stephan A. Smith spoke on the matter on ESPN's "Get Up".
Smith claimed Fangio's comments were "embarrassing, insensitive, and ignorant" and he couldn't be more correct. At a time like this, Fangio's remarks are a slap in the face to the black community within the NFL. According to Fangio, the NFL is perfect in terms of diversity, which couldn't be much further from the truth.
In a league carried by black superstars, the NFL's highest powers do not represent the players on the field. As Smith said, the Rooney rule exists for a reason. Yet, it's benefits are yet to truly be reaped by black coaches.
In a league whose players are 70% minorities, only four coaches -- Mike Tomlin, Ron Rivera, Anthony Lynn, and Brian Flores -- are not white. The problem is even worse in the front office, with only two people of color holding major front office jobs, the Browns' Andrew Berry and the Dolphins' Chris Grier.
You'd have to be blind to say that the NFL does not have a diversity problem, yet that's exactly what Fangio stated. Hopefully Smith's comments will open his eyes to severity of the issue.