Panthers Coach Joins Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against NFL: “A Problem That We All Know Exists”

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Carolina Panthers coach is joining a racial discrimination lawsuit against the NFL. Charlotte native Steve Wilks, the Panthers secondary coach and defensive passing game coordinator, joined the lawsuit Brian Flores filed in February accusing the league of racist hiring practices.

In the complaints, Wilks claims the Arizona Cardinals unfairly fired him in 2018. He had only been head coach of that team for one year before they dismissed him and replaced him with a white coach, Kliff Kingsbury.

In the complaint, Wilks says he would have succeeded as head coach if he would have been afforded the same opportunities as Kingsbury.

Wilks released a statement Thursday that says in part, “This lawsuit has shed further important light on a problem that we all know exists, but that too few are willing to confront. Black coaches and candidates should have exactly the same ability to become employed, and remain employed, as white coaches and candidates. That is not currently the case.”

Our question of the night: do you believe Wilks’ claims in the lawsuit?

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