DeMaurice Smith, the manager director of the NFL Gamers Affiliation, is inquisitive about what else is within the treasure trove of emails that have been gathered as a part of the league’s investigation into the Washington Football Team.
Smith mentioned Wednesday throughout an look on ESPN’s “The Proper Time with Bomani Jones” podcast he wonders whether or not there might be proof that hiring selections have been made primarily based on a candidate’s pores and skin coloration.
“What I am excited about — is there correspondence that implies groups are making selections about coaches primarily based on the colour of their pores and skin? Are they actively hostile to gamers which have chosen to self-identify in varied methods? Are they denigrating of individuals primarily based on sexual choice or spiritual id?” he mentioned.
Smith’s feedback got here after Jon Gruden resigned as Las Vegas Raiders coach following extra leaks of his correspondence with former Washington president Bruce Allen and different high-profile people. An e-mail Gruden despatched to Allen utilizing a racist trope to explain Smith was revealed Friday.
Smith mentioned on the podcast he hopes the league and the gamers union’s phrases will match their actions when it got here to its social justice efforts.
“It might be good for our sport and for our enterprise — for each the league and the union — to resolve that we’re going to flip a nook. And we have talked about variety, we have talked about inclusiveness, for years. How can we flip the nook and really match out actions to our phrases? And when will we begin to maintain individuals accountable for residing as much as a normal that we consider is the suitable normal for simply human interplay?” Smith mentioned.
Gruden resigned Monday evening after extra homophobic and misogynistic emails have been launched in The New York Occasions. Smith instructed USA Today the union plans to file a petition to get the remainder of the 650,000 emails concerned within the probe launched.
“We now have had communications with the league, and the NFLPA plans to request that the NFL launch the remainder of the emails,” Smith mentioned.