Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores on Friday joined the listing of many notable figures in sports activities to make a press release on the demise of George Floyd and its aftermath.
The former Patriots assistant, who’s considered one of 4 minority head coaches within the NFL, known as out those that had been “outraged” by gamers kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem, saying it prompted him to “sever a few long-standing” friendships, in a press release launched by the Dolphins.
Flores additionally addressed the league’s latest talks to incentivize groups to rent minority coaches and executives. He stated hasn’t seen those that had been outraged by the league’s proposal to replace the Rooney Rule have the “same OUTRAGE” towards the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Floyd.
Flores closed his assertion by saying “honesty, transparency, and empathy go a long way in bringing people together and making change.” He additionally stated he hopes that these latest occasions “will open our hearts and minds to a better way of communicating and hopefully create that change.”
Here is Flores’ full assertion:
“I’ve had the privilege of being a part of many different circles that have included some very powerful and influential people of all different races and genders. The events of the last few weeks have brought some of the memories of those conversations back to light. I vividly remember the Colin Kaepernick conversations. ‘Don’t ever disrespect the flag’ was the phrase that I heard over and over again. This idea that players were kneeling in support of social justice was something some people couldn’t wrap their head around. The outrage that I saw in the media and the anger I felt in some of my own private conversations caused me to sever a few long-standing friendships.
“Most recently, I’ve had conversations about incentivizing teams for hiring minorities. Again, there was some outrage in the media and talks that this would cause division amongst coaches, executives and ownership. I bring these situations up because I haven’t seen the same OUTRAGE from people of influence when the conversation turns to Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and most recently George Floyd. Many people who broadcast their opinions on kneeling or on the hiring of minorities don’t seem to have an opinion on the recent murders of these young black men and women. I think many of them QUIETLY say that watching George Floyd plead for help is one of the more horrible things they have seen, but it’s said amongst themselves where no one can hear. Broadcasting THAT opinion clearly is not important enough.
“I lead a group of young men who have the potential to make a real impact in this world. My message to them and anyone else who wants to listen is that honesty, transparency, and empathy go a long way in bringing people together and making change. I hope that the tragedies of the last few weeks will open our hearts and minds to a better way of communicating and hopefully create that change.”
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— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) May 29, 2020