Statement on Behalf of the Fritz Pollard Alliance

The following statement by Rod Graves is in response to the alleged comments
made by Jon Gruden regarding DeMaurice Smith:

The insensitive remarks made by Jon Gruden about DeMaurice Smith are
indicative of the racism that exist on many levels of professional sports.
Furthermore, it reveals that the journey for African Americans and other
minorities in sports, is riddled with irrepressible mindsets at the highest
level. It is our hope that the League and team ownership will address this
matter with a remedy commensurate with these painful words. This is yet
another inflection point in a society fraught with cynical social blinders,
absent of respect for the intellectual capacity and leadership of
minorities. When will it end?

Rod Graves
The Fritz Pollard Alliance

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