Bronco’s head coach Vic Fangio received some backlash for his statements made in a zoom interview with reporters on Tuesday. The statement came after acknowledging what happened to George Floyd. Floyd died last week in a video-recording incident of police brutality. The officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee onto Floyd’s neck for eight minutes whilst he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe.
Fangio says that what happened to Floyd was wrong and, “a societal issue that we all have to join in to correct.”
Fangio then continued to make a comment on the current situation in the NFL in regards to race:
“We’re a league of meritocracy. You earn what you get, you get what you earn. I don’t see racism at all in the NFL. I don’t see discrimination in the NFL. We live in a great atmosphere. Like I alluded to earlier, we’re lucky. We all live together joined as one for one common goal, and we all intermingle and mix tremendously. If society reflected an NFL team, we’d all be great.”Vic Fangio
Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy disagreed with Fangio regarding this statement. Dungy said that “To say there’s no racism and no problem, I think, really is not recognizing the situation.” He also added that “the league has talked about having 70-75% African American players and no black [team] presidents, just a couple of black general managers. … It is not a complete meritocracy, even though it’s a great place. And I think the same thing could be said of our country.”
Chris Carson, a running back for the Seattle Seahawks responded to Fangio’s statement with, “this man a joke” on twitter.
Twitter Reacts to Fangio
Carson’s teammate Quandre Diggs added, “is he blind??”
Even former NFL Wide Receiver great Terrell Owens reacted to Fangio’s controversial statement on twitter.
Fangio’s statements regarding race in the NFL were made with the Rooney Rule policy being revisited. The Rooney Rule policy refers to league teams having to interview ethnic-minorities for head coaching and senior football operation jobs.
Both former and current players and coaches show that there is an issue with Fangio’s remarks.