The Arizona Cardinals coach was forced to defend his team against allegations of racial discrimination after a group of black players took to social media to accuse him of racism.
“If you want to know who I’m going to be, just ask me,” Skelson told reporters at his news conference.
“I haven’t done enough.
“We are not going to back down from what we believe. “
“There’s no place for racism in our locker room. “
We are a team that believes in the importance of working together.” “
There’s no place for racism in our locker room.
We are a team that believes in the importance of working together.”
Skel, who was not present for the press conference, was accused of being a “racist” by one of his players after a meeting at the team hotel.
“And I will continue to do that. “
“But there are other people that want to do the same thing. “
“That’s why we have the culture of the organization. “
I will be a coach that will be supportive of that.” “
That’s why we have the culture of the organization.
I will be a coach that will be supportive of that.”
Seltzer was the first coach in the NFL to face the allegations when he was fired after two seasons.
Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill later backed Skel’s removal after the team lost to the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.
Skel was also accused of racial bias in the past when he made comments about black people in general.
In 2010, he told the Philadelphia Inquirer: “I don’t have an issue with anybody of color in America.”
Selter is currently a member of the NFL’s coaching staff.
“John is a leader in this locker room,” Bidwill said after the game.
“He has made a lot of great contributions to the Cardinals and the sport in general and he’s one of our great players and great leaders.”
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Former NFL coach Bob Sutton, who retired after the 1992 season, told the BBC he believed the team would have been better off if Skel had resigned.
“A lot of people say they were aware of the racism.
I know for a fact that was not the case,” he said.
“They were a little bit too close to it.
If they hadn’t done it, there wouldn’t have been a team.”
Shelton’s comments have also been used as a political weapon by opponents of the team’s owner, Robert Kraft, who has made anti-racism statements during his political career.
Selton was also a member a group called “Black Athletes for Justice” in 2013, which included former NFL players and former US Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas.
He also has been a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and called the recent murder of Trayvon Martin an act of “white supremacy”.
Skel says he is “not the first black coach to make these kinds of comments”.
“I’m a leader.
I don’t know what they were thinking,” Selting said.
I’m honest with myself. “
When I’m asked, I am honest.
I’ll never be. “
At the end of the day, I’m not a bigot.
I’ll never be.
I believe that the majority of our community should be respected, but we don’t need to have that debate.”