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NFL hosts meetings between owners and diversity coach GM talent (white guys not invited)


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Pete Carroll says NFL owners should ‘stop living in their own universe’ and feel more comfortable with minority coaches who don’t look like them during a session at the league’s annual meeting in Palm Beach last month and that’s exactly what the NFL mandated. arrive.

The league last week sent a memo to all clubs announcing that 32 “diverse and potential club-appointed head coaches and general managers will have networking opportunities with club and league office executives” during of the NFL Spring Meeting on May 23-24.

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The memo doesn’t say that, but it’s just a fact: no white males will be included.

According to the memo from NFL senior vice president Jonathan Beane, who is the director of diversity and inclusion, the meet and greet opportunities “are intended to provide senior women and high-level coaches or players Minority potential exposure to owners across the league to develop direct relationships. Conversely, providing owners the opportunity to engage with new prospects in a natural and personal way without breaking anti-tampering rules.”

The league last week sent a memo to all clubs announcing that 32 “diverse and potential club-appointed head coaches and general managers will have networking opportunities with club and league office executives” during of the NFL Spring Meeting on May 23-24.
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The truth is, it can lead to personal relationships between those involved. But this is by no means natural. This is mandated by the league and set up for minorities only.

When OutKick previously reached out to high-ranking assistant coaches with career advancement aspirations, one white coach was outraged that Carroll was suggesting exactly what was going to happen.

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“I’m sure Pete is from a good place. But I’ve never met an NFL owner other than the guy who signs my paycheck, and I’m not even sure he even remembers my name all the time,” the white coach said. .

NFL hosts meetings between owners and diversity coach GM talent (white guys not invited)

Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll looks on during the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Lumen Field on September 19, 2021 in Seattle, Washington.
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“I would also like to network with a bunch of rich guys. But I understand Carroll didn’t suggest that white guys like me could go hang out with these landlords because I’m white.

“(Beep) that. (Beep) Pete.”

And those who will participate must be nominated by their teams – one from the coaching side and one from the player staff side – to be sent to the meeting with the owners.

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So even proponents of such a process need to understand that even in this appointment process some high-performing minority coaches or player personnel employees will be excluded – along with all white males, of course – because someone has decided that someone else who is “diverse” was better.

NFL hosts meetings between owners and diversity coach GM talent (white guys not invited)

A general view of the NFL logo on the field is seen before the game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on October 03, 2021 in Inglewood, California.
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Yes, an imperfect situation.

The league nonetheless sees this as a positive step “as part of its continued commitment to diversity in coaching and front office staff…”

The NFL hopes future hiring cycles for coaches and general managers will lead to the hiring of racially minority candidates or women.

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