Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores’ class action lawsuit against the NFL that alleges discriminatory hiring practices against Black coaches has properly turned heads.
Although I can’t judge the merits of his claims or the individual actions of any owner, the glaring accusations should also call attention to a pipeline in the NFL that mirrors the talent pipeline of corporate America.
In the wake of Flores’ lawsuit, news reports focused on the fact that at the time the suit was filed, there was just one Black NFL head coach in a sport where nearly 60 percent of players are Black.
Players don’t just become head coaches upon retirement, however. They generally serve as assistant coaches first or head coaches in the college ranks.
What’s the percent of NFL assistant coaches who are Black? It’s consistently around 30 percent. Fewer than 10 percent of college football coaches are Black.