Affirmative interviewing

Last year the Detroit Lions pro football team fired old coach Marty Mornhinweg, and hired Steve Mariucci as the new head coach. The NFL slapped a $200,000 fine on Detroit President Matt Millen for not interviewing a minority candidate. Incidentally, Millen offered to interview five African-American candidates - all of whom turned down the interview offer because they figured the job was already locked up by Mariucci. Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford Sr. has since given the NFL owner a tongue-lashing offer the incident, accusing him of using the Lions as a scapegoat.

What the new rule and subsequent fine may have initiated was a further mistrust within pro football, a soured relationship between the NFL and top-sponsor Ford, and a widespread feeling of "tokenism" among minority candidates.

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