Fox Sports NFL analyst Ray Lewis delivered a passionate take during a Fox Sports 1 “Speak for Yourself” debate about whether or not the Oakland Raiders violated the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview a minority candidate for openings, when they hired Jon Gruden as head coach.
Lewis said that black assistant coaches are responsible on and off the field for NFL teams’ success, adding that a deeper look needs to be taken into “what’s really happening” in the NFL and around the world in regards to black people and the narrative needs to be changed.
“[F]or us to still be having this conversation in 2018, as far as black folks … if we don’t do something better for what we’ve built or what we’ve done with our sweat, this rule means nothing to what we’ve really done,” Lewis said Thursday. “That’s why I think we really need to start taking a deeper look on what’s really happening in the [NFL] and around the world when it comes to Afro-American people — like, the narrative must change!”
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