During an event addressing the media, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carrol argued that White people “need to be coached up and they need to be educated about what the heck is going on in the world.”
This event came after players voted to not practice.
Caroll said “Coming back to camp this year, we entered with so many issues, so many things going on. The COVID pandemic, George Floyd, social issues, political issues, so many things were at hand. It has just been an incredible offseason and camp, and now we’re finally together working”
He continued “But never before this year has it been so deep and so rich in the exchanges with our players in how they’ve taken this opportunity to teach us more and deeper about what the life of a Black man is like in America—black men and women. And they’ve been compelled to speak out more than ever; there’s been less fear, less concern—I love that our environment is such that guys are willing to say what they can say and they’re OK about that, which we need to hear, because this has been a process of truth telling and reality checks that just brings me to a point where, as we’re speaking about all that’s going on—and this is about racism in America—white people don’t know enough.”
“(White people) need to be coached up and they need to be educated about what the heck is going on in the world,” Carroll added.