The NFL’s near-complete dearth of ethics alarms is approaching comedic levels, if such a thing could be funny. This week the league that makes billions by paying young men to get a brain disease commanded all 32 NFL teams to hire a minority offensive assistant coach for the 2022 season, as, you’ve got it, another phase of the league’s “diversity” efforts.
The coach can be “a female or a member of an ethnic or racial minority,” according to the policy adopted by NFL owners during their annual meeting, and will be paid from a league-wide fund. That’s because they will all be tokens, you see, hired for PR purposes and to avoid lawsuits, so they really aren’t team hires. The new minority coaches “must work closely with the head coach and the offensive staff, with the goal of increasing minority participation in the pool of offensive coaches” that eventually produces the most sought-after candidates for head-coaching positions. In other words, they must receive remedial training because they would not have been hired based on their experience or demonstrated skills.
“It’s a recognition that at the moment, when you look at stepping stones for a head coach, they are the coordinator positions,” said Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II, the chairman of the NFL Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee. “We clearly have a trend where coaches are coming from the offensive side of the ball in recent years, and we clearly do not have as many minorities in the offensive coordinator [job].” A quota, he means.
And that’s what counts, not putting the best football team on the field. Or something.
In addition to the offensive assistant coach mandate, the new policies in “diversity” also added women to the language of the Rooney Rule at all levels. It will now read that women and/or people of color can satisfy the old Rooney Rule requirement to interview two external minorities for top positions, including head coach. Women are not required to be interviewed, but they are now included in the fulfillment process. It is possible that a team could interview two white women for an open head coach position to satisfy the Rooney Rule, and then make a hire without ever interviewing a person of color.
Why no “differently-abled” coaches? How about blind coaches? Gay coaches? Mentally ill coaches? Little people. Non-English speakers. Mentally-challenged. Surely a trans assistant coach would be historic. Can Lia Thomas play football?The cynical incoherence and lack of logic in all this is staggering. The reason the relative current dearth of minority head coaches is seen as a problem is because of the disparity between the demographics among players—over 70% are non-white—and the head coaches, of which 27 of 32 are white. So must 70% of coaches be black before there is enough diversity? Or should the 70% minority player ranks be of concern? About 60% of the population are non-Hispanic whites, after all. Looks like disparate impact to me! Meanwhile, there is no disparity between the percentage of women playing NFL football (or even college football) and the number of female coaches and executives: there are no female players at all. Why are female coaches and executives considered necessary minorities to interview or hire?
And what is an “ethnic minority”? There are just 5% Italian Americans in the U.S. population. They are also generally considered white.
In the meantime, every assistant coach position that is awarded to a “minority,” whatever it means, is a job in which a white male, who may have been more qualified, has been actively and openly discriminated against in the quest for “diversity.”
This is because the white males who run the NFL think it’s virtuous to discriminate against white males. After all, the President of the United States says so.
What was it Chief Justice John Roberts wrote? Oh yeah— “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” Boy, what’s the matter with that guy?
He must have been hit on the head too many times…