Men Nike Outlet Hoka Shoes  Skechers Outlets Oofos Outlet Nobull Shoes
Boston Red Sox Jersey

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A group of civil rights leaders called for replacing the Rooney Rule in a meeting Monday with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Seeking specific recruiting and hiring procedures for NFL executive and coaching positions, they also sought “meaningful consequences for teams that do not abide by the rules.”

National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial, National Action Network Founder and President Rev. Al Sharpton, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation President and CEO Melanie Campbell, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, Hoka Sneakers and National African American Clergy Network co-convener Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner requested the meeting after former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores accused the NFL and three teams — the Giants, Broncos and Dolphins — of racial discrimination in a proposed class-action lawsuit last week.

The Rooney Rule was established in 2003 and requires teams to interview candidates of color for head coaching and senior football operation positions.

“However well-intentioned, the effect of the Rooney Rule has been for team decision-makers to regard interviews with candidates of color as an extraneous step, rather than an integral part of the hiring process,” Morial said. “The gravity of the situation is long past the crisis point.”

There were three Black head coaches during the 2021 season, but Flores and Houston’s David Culley were fired in January. Flores was replaced by Mike McDaniel, who is biracial, while Culley was succeeded by Lovie Smith, who is Black and twice has been an NFL head coach.

“The Rooney Rule has been proven to be something the owners used to deceptively appear to be seeking real diversity,” Sharpton said. “We must have firm targets and timetables.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said of the meeting that was held virtually:

“We had a productive and thoughtful conversation as the NFL shares the goal of ensuring that everyone has equitable access to opportunity. We look forward to continuing the dialogue.”

The leaders said they welcomed Goodell’s previous Skechers Shoes  announcement of an independent review of the NFL’s diversity, equity and inclusion policies and initiatives. They noted that the civil rights and racial justice community must be part of that review.

“It’s simply not enough for the league to declare its good intentions,” Johnson said. “This is a longstanding crisis that must be confronted with diligence and rigor.”

Williams-Skinner added that Flores’ action could be a catalyst for change.

“We agree that coach Flores’ lawsuit presents the league with an opportunity to engage in substantive change and we will do everything in our power to make sure that opportunity is not squandered,” she said.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Hey Dude Women's Shoes | Skechers Womens Outlet | Ecco Shoes | Skechers Shoes | Hoka Sneakers | Hey Dudes | Baltimore Ravens Jersey | Skechers Outlets | Vibram Shoes | Skechers Shoes Outlets | Vans Shoes For Womens | NFL Jerseys for Cheap | Las Vegas Raiders Jerseys | Clarks Womens Shoes | Hey Dudes Shoes | Hoka Running Shoes | Hoka Shoes | Fjallraven Kanken Backpack | San Francisco 49ers Jersey | New York Giants Jersey | Oofos Shoes | Swarovski Necklaces | Chaco Sandals | Running Shoes | Steve Madden Shoes | Teva Sandals | Hoka Shoes UK | OluKai Shoes | Boston Red Sox Jerseys | Boston Red Sox Jersey | Hoka One One | Steve Madden | Clarks Shoes | Hokas Shoes | Houston Texans Jerseys | Chicago White Sox Jerse | Hey Dude Golden Goose Sneaker | Thorogood Boots | Olukai Sandals | Birdies Shoes | Chippewa Boots | Cincinnati Bengals Jerseys | Kizik Shoes Rick Owens Shoes | Brooks Sneakers | San Francisco 49ers Jerseys | Sorel Sneakers | Merrell Shoes For Women | Hoka Sandals | Cat Boots | Brooks Shoes | Cat Footwears | Brooks Running Shoes | Vibram Shoes Five Fingers | Asics Running Shoes | Birkenstock Sandals | Nobull Shoes | Schutz Shoes | Nike Outlet | Asics Shoes | Oofos Outlet | Vionic Sneakers | Vasque Shoes | Olukai Sneakers | Rockport Shoes | Naot Shoes Womens | SAS Sneakers | Propet Sneakers | On Cloud Shoes | Taos Sneakers | NOBULL Shoes Canada | Birkenstock Bostons | Oboz Shoes | Oofos Canada | Chacos Shoes | Kizik Sneakers | Keen Outlet | Veja Sneakers | Sam Edelman Boots |