In light of Brian Flores’ lawsuits against the New York Giants and the NFL for racial discrimination, many coaches and players have come forward sharing their own experiences about how they were treated differently just because of their skin color by the teams.
Recently, Baltimore Ravens quarterback, Lamar Jackson, quarterbacks still facing racial discrimination along with NBA icon LeBron James on YouTube interview show “The Shop”.
“That’s why I need that championship” – Lamar Jackson feels the need to win the Super Bowl to prove his worth as a Black QB
The two stars talked about how there has been a historical bias against Black quarterbacks in the NFL. “It’s dying off, but it’s still there,” Jackson said. “It’s still there. That’s why I need that championship.” During the interview, LeBron James also talked about how he has been racially profiled in the NBA as well. He said he feels disrespected when not being included in discussions about the best scorers in NBA history.
This was something that Jackson could relate to because of critics telling him “he wasn’t a real quarterback.” The 25-year old star QB also shared that he was asked to run wide receiver drills at the NFL scouting combine despite being a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. In 2018, Jackson became the fourth Black quarterback to win NFL Most Valuable Player. He is 37-12 in the regular season and just 1-3 in the postseason.
When asked what lessons he hopes to take from James as he grows, Jackson said, “Everything. And being a champion. I feel like that’s the one thing I want to take from him if anything else. You know, being a champion. Being a billionaire. That’s what I’ve been thinking about ever since I was a little kid, being a billionaire and being a champion.”