The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
 
NFL Introduces New Rule; Teams Must Now Interview At Least One White Cornerback Before Drafting Black Guy
Originally posted 2/23/2004

Tagliabue announces the new rule
NEW YORK - The NFL unveiled a new draft policy Wednesday, one in keeping with the commitment to fairness and diversity that the league has shown in recent years. From now on, each NFL team hoping to draft a cornerback must now interview at least one white guy before making their selection.

"The NFL's Caucasian-American representation in the defensive backfield has been sorely lacking," said famed attorney Alan M. Dershowitz, representing a number of white guys who played defensive back in college but received little or no consideration in last year's NFL draft. "In a league in which over 90 percent of the front office and coaching positions are filled by whites, there hasn't been a single non-minority starting cornerback in the league since Jason Sehorn switched to safety. This is something that needs to be corrected."

"The NFL is proud to announce its new draft policy," said commissioner Paul Tagliabue Wednesday during a press conference at the league's New York headquarters. "We feel that the time has come to do something about the alarming lack of white representation in our league's defensive backfields. We hope that this new rule will open the doors of the 2004 NFL draft to the nation's top white cornerbacks, such as Seth Kopf of Division III Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois."

"I'm thrilled with this new rule, obviously," said Wartburg (Iowa) College's Cody Kelley. "I've had four teams call me already. NFL, here I come!"

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