NFL Executive Vice President Troy Vincent reportedly caused a stir at league meetings Wednesday when he compared the scouting mix to a “slave auction.”
Several owners, including Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, voiced their displeasure to the “slave auction” label, CBS Sports reported.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reportedly talked in regards to the “opportunity” to play within the NFL.
In keeping with CBS Sports, Vincent told owners the mix would have a less rigorous medical evaluation process, something that has drawn criticism prior to now.
Troy Vincent, senior vice chairman of NFL player engagement, speaks on the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., May 1, 2017.
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“We just feel like the general experience, talking to the players, we could be higher in that individual aspect,” Vincent told reporters. “So there was, I might say, a very good discussion around what that appears like, where we might be, keeping in mind that the mix is the player’s first experience with the National Football League. And, in that have, there needs to be dignity.
“It’s a terrific opportunity for the young men, but there needs to be some type of dignity and level of dignity and respect as they undergo that process. That was the general theme around our mix [discussion].”
The characterization of the NFL scouting mix as a “slave auction” was brought up in Colin Kaepernick’s Netflix documentary. “Colin in Black & White” explored the previous NFL star’s life from highschool to the events that supposedly led him to grow to be an advocate for social justice.
One clip that had gone viral on social media showed Kaepernick comparing the scrutiny players receive from coaches to that of slaves.
NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent attends a Super Bowl XLIX press conference Jan. 29, 2015, in Phoenix, Ariz.
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“What they don’t want you to grasp is what’s being established is an influence dynamic,” Kaepernick says while walking through a staged NFL practice field. “Before they put you on the sphere, teams poke, prod and examine you looking for any defect which may affect your performance.”
“No boundary respect,” Kaepernick, who earned over $40 million during his time within the NFL, added. “No dignity left intact.”
A line of actors playing NFL prospects, all of them Black, then walk by Kaepernick before morphing into slaves at an auction with shackles on while White slave owners bid on them.
Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick arrives for a workout for NFL football scouts and media in Riverdale, Ga., Nov. 16, 2019.
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At one point, the owners start whipping the players as Kaepernick attempts to make the comparison between the abuse slaves suffered in america and the NFL mix process that determines which players are drafted into the league.
Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.
Ryan Gaydos is the sports editor for Fox News Digital.