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Broncos head coach Fangio issues apology over NFL racism comments

June 3 2020 11:48 PM

Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio has apologised after saying he does not believe racism and discrimination are prevalent in the NFL while discussing the issue amid protests over George Floyd's death. 

Floyd – an African-American man – died while in police custody in Minneapolis last week, sparking protests across the United States and far beyond.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Fangio said: "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 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."

Fangio issued an apology on Wednesday.

“After reflecting on my comments yesterday and listening to the players this morning, I realise what I said regarding racism and discrimination in the NFL was wrong," the 61-year-old said. 

"While I have never personally experienced those terrible things first-hand during my 33 years in the NFL, I understand that many players, coaches and staff have different perspectives. 

"I should have been more clear and I am sorry. 

"I wanted to make the point yesterday that there is no colour within the locker rooms I have been in or on the playing fields I have coached on. Unfortunately, we don't live or work only within those confines. 

"Outside of those lines – both in the NFL and society – there is a lot of work to be done in the areas of diversity and providing opportunities across the board for minorities. 

"As the head coach, I look forward to listening to the players – both individually and collectively – to support them and work hand-in-hand to create meaningful change."

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