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Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, reportedly compared the scouting combine to a “slave auction” during a league meeting last week.
Vincent reportedly made the comment while informing the owners of forthcoming changes to the combine that would include a less rigorous medical evaluation process and a focus on questions teams ask of draft prospects.
Of course jerry jones has a problem when players speak up about removing certain slave auction tests etc
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Blank immediately stood up and took issue with Vincent’s comments, sources in the meeting told the website. CBS wrote that Blank “took umbrage with the idea that he was either taking part in or helping to prop up an event that could be considered racist.”
That’s when Jones reportedly took the microphone and discussed the “privilege” of playing in the NFL — explaining that with the thousands of college football players out there, only about 300 get invited to the combine, adding that even fewer get drafted.
A Cowboys spokesman later said Jones didn’t say “privilege,” but instead said “opportunity,” according to CBS Sports.
“We just feel like the overall experience, talking to the players, we can be better in that particular aspect,” Vincent said. “So there was, I would say, a good discussion around what that looks like, where we could be, keeping in mind that the combine is the player’s first experience with the National Football League, and in that experience, there has to be dignity.”
New York Post reports that earlier in the day, Vincent — who played 15 NFL seasons at cornerback — told reporters that the league is trying to be better about communicating with players.
“It’s a great opportunity for the young men, but there has to be some level of dignity and respect as they go through that process. That was the overall theme around our combine [discussion.]”