ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith went on a rampage recently in response to the NFL’s hiring process after the New York Giants announced Joe Judge as their next head coach.
Judge spent much of his time in New England as a special team’s assistant and coordinator. He never held a head coaching or offensive coordinator position at any level. Yet he managed to pull off a meteoric rise to Giants head coach—an opportunity that wasn’t afforded to more qualified minority candidates.
The “Rooney Rule” established in 2003 mandated that NFL teams interview minority candidates for all head coach and senior football operations jobs. At the time of its inception there were only three black NFL head coaches. But in 2020, there are still only three.
“There is a Rooney Rule in place and still this kind of stuff happens. I want to announce on national television that I am personally going to take it upon myself, whether it’s to communicate with the NFL office, communicate with league owners or sit up here and raise hell. We got a problem. There is no way around it, we are moving in a reverse direction. Black men are not being treated fairly in the NFL,” said Smith.