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Push: Different Standard For Black Coach

From the archives of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, via Lexis-Nexis:

Charles Farrell

Coalition wants NFL to investigate Rhodes’ firing

By D. ORLANDO LEDBETTER

January 8, 2000, Saturday Final

Rainbow Sports, an arm of Rev. Jesse Jackson’s People United to Save Humanity Coalition, will ask the National Football League to investigate the firing of Green Bay Packers’ head coach Ray Rhodes and his entire staff.

"We are asking the commissioner to investigate this situation to ensure that Ray Rhodes was not held up to a different standard," said Charles Farrell, Rainbow Sports’ director. "Even after an 8-8 season, which for Green Bay is tantamount to a losing season, to dismiss a coach after the first year on a four-year contract is premature."

The league would not comment on the subject.

"We will just decline to respond," said Greg Aiello, the NFL’s vice president of public relations.

The group is also sending a letter to Ron Wolf, the Packers’ general manager, asking for an explanation for the firings. Lee Remmel, the Packers’ executive director of public relations, said the club would have no comment.

"I’m going to express our grave concerns and disappointment over this situation," Farrell said. "We are basically asking a question that is out there begging: Was Ray Rhodes held to a different standard?"

The organization believes race was a factor in the dismissal of Rhodes, who is black.

"Would a white coach have been dismissed with a 8-8 record?" Farrell said. "Why hire a coach for four years and then dismiss after one?

"So much has happened to them. Reggie White retires, how many sacks did they have to replace? (Brett) Favre had the injury to his hand. You can’t judge Ray Rhodes’ competence to deliver the goods on one year."

With Rhodes out, Tampa Bay’s Tony Dungy and Minnesota’s Dennis Green are the only African-American coaches in the league.

The Packers are the only team in league history to have had a black head coach and two African-American coordinators in Sherman Lewis (offense) and Emmitt Thomas (defense).

"The impact of his decision reaches way beyond Green Bay," Farrell said. "Not only did he reduce the number of African-American head coaches in the National Football League by one-third, he sidetracked or derailed two other potential candidates."

Rainbow Sports will also ask the Packers to consider hiring another African-American as head coach.

"As this process has unfolded, we don’t see any African-American names being mentioned as a possible successor," Farrell noted.

The group plans to contact Rhodes.

"We wanted him to have a few days to himself because this had to be a very difficult situation," he said. "But we are trying to contact him now. We are not worried about his future. He’s a good coach and will be hired by some other team in the league."

Rhodes’ firing will be on the agenda when Rainbow Sports hosts a conference titled "Sports Industry 2000" next Friday in New York. National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern, Continental Basketball Association owner Isiah Thomas and businessman Drew Pearson are confirmed panelists. NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman and Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig also have been invited to attend, according to Farrell.

Wasn’t Rush Limbaugh held to a different standard because of his race?

So why did Mr. Jackson take the other side?

(These are rhetorical questions, of course.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, October 17th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Push: Different Standard For Black Coach”

  1. VMAN says:

    How many white coaches have been fired for less? Can’t just be a man doing a job can it? Always has to be about race. And they call conservatives racist.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Well, this argument (such as it is) had to surface eventually.

    Like all things that have this flavor to it, I just ignore it. I bought a widescreen TV solely for the purpose of watching NFL games but, you know what? I can live without them.

    To me the whole thing really reaches into the juvenile. Whiners. Bunch of little whiners. All of them.

    As a side note, the financial intake of an NFL team is coughed up by loyal WHITE fans who don’t seem to have a problem with black anything, coaches, players, etc. Personally, let’s take every white person out of the industry entirely and let it run like any other successful black-run business.

    Suits me fine.

  3. proreason says:

    What goes around comes around.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Strong arming the NFL for what? Oh….I see….it is an untapped, big money institute that hasn’t paid alms to Darth Jesse of the Darkside.
    “May the FORK be in you!”

  5. Enthalpy says:

    The Green Bay Packers are not accountable to Rainbow Sports and should simply tell them so.

  6. canary says:

    Ray Rhodes is an African-American name? What the heck is an African-American name. Does it have to be a muslim African-American name like Obama who married a Robinson?

    Jesse Jackson, an African-American name, might figure Rhodes may have a attorney telling him to keep his mouth shut, and doesn’t need to do confession to preacher Jackson and the African-American named Rainbow Club.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Rainbow Sports …… is this an athletic collective for queers that partake in say …… “Drag” Racing, 400 meter Hi Heel Tiara relay, etal?

  7. Maybe if they gave one of Jesse’s sons the Rams he would go away. It worked with Coors.

  8. TwilightZoned says:

    “The Packers are the only team in league history to have had a black head coach and two African-American coordinators in Sherman Lewis (offense) and Emmitt Thomas (defense). ”

    But of course this didn’t count.

    “…Farrell said. “Why hire a coach for four years and then dismiss after one? ”

    Gee, couldn’t have anything to do with a business making money? (dripping with sarcasm) How much money did Rhodes receive on the balance of that contract? It generally costs teams money, a lot of money, when coaches are fired with contract balances.

    This had nothing to do with race; it was business. It had everything to do with shake-down artist Jesse Jackson attempting to make a name and lining his own or family’s pockets.

  9. proreason says:

    “Why hire a coach for four years and then dismiss after one?”

    The better question is: does it make sense to keep an incompetant coach if he has a long-term contract.

    Packer’s Record:

    1992 – 9W 7L Favre’s first year
    1993 – 9W 7L playoffs
    1994 – 9W 6L playoffs
    1995 – 11W 5L playoffs
    1996 – 13W 3L Super Bowl
    1997 – 13W 3L Super Bowl
    1998 – 11W 5L playoffs
    1999 – 8W 8L (5 losses by 8 points or more)
    2000 – 9W 7L (5 losses by 5 points or less)
    2001 – 12W 4L playoffs
    2002 – 12W 4L playoffs
    2003 – 10W 6L playoffs
    2004 – 11W 5L playoffs
    2005 – 4W 11L most of coaching staff was fired

    As you can see, the Packers were a great team for the decade beginning in 1994, once Favre got some experience in the NFL. 1992 was his first year.

    What was unique about 1999? Answer: Ray Rhodes was the coach.


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