The Denver Bronchos head coach mad some startling statements that may not go down well with fans of the sport and the culture at large.
Fangio said, “I don’t see racism at all in the NFL. I don’t see discrimination in the NFL.”
The coach first began his address by reading a statement that condemned the actions of Derek Chauvin, the white officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for at least eight minutes. The now former police officer has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
The coach said, “He should be punished to the full extent of the law of the crimes he was charged with in addition to being charged with treason for failing to uphold the badge and uniform he was entrusted with. It’s a societal issue that we all have to join in to correct.”
When asked about the changes he’s witnessed in player activism in all his years as coach, Vic said, “I don’t know that it’s changed a whole lot, to be honest with you. I haven’t seen a great, great change other than — I just don’t think there’s been a tremendous change, and I don’t say that to be negative.”
He added, “I think our problems in the NFL along those lines are minimal. 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.”