DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, is curious about what else is in the hoard of emails that were collected as part of the league’s investigation into the Washington football team.
Smith said Wednesday during an appearance on ESPN Podcast “The Right Time with Bomani Jones,” he wonders if there could be any evidence that hiring decisions were made based on a candidate’s skin color.
“What interests me, is there any correspondence that suggests that teams make decisions about coaches based on their skin color? Are they actively hostile to players who have chosen to identify with themselves? in various ways? Do they disparage people on the basis of sexual preference or religious identity? ”he said.
Smith’s comments came after Jon Gruden resigned as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders following further leaks of his correspondence with former Washington President Bruce Allen and other prominent figures. An email Gruden sent to Allen using a racist trope to describe Smith was revealed on Friday.
Smith said on the podcast that he hopes the words of the league and the players’ union will match their actions regarding his social justice efforts.
“It would be good for our game and for our business – both the league and the union – to decide that we’re going to take a step forward. And we’ve been talking about diversity, we’ve been talking about inclusiveness, for years. “Do we take the plunge and match our actions with our words? And when will we begin to hold people accountable for meeting a standard that we believe is the acceptable standard for fair human interaction?” says Smith.
Gruden resigned Monday night after more homophobic and misogynistic emails were published in The New York Times. Smith said United States today the union plans to file a petition to have the remainder of the 650,000 emails involved in the investigation published.
“We’ve had communications with the league and the NFLPA is planning to ask the NFL to release the rest of the emails,” Smith said.