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Social media memes Miami Dolphins’ new biracial hire

Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, who had been fired in January, filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan Feb. 1, charging the Dolphins, Giants, Broncos and the NFL with discrimination against black head coaches and executives. (Adrian Curiel/Unsplash)
Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, who had been fired in January, filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in New York on Feb. 1, 2022, charging the Dolphins, Giants, Broncos and the NFL with discrimination against Black head coaches and executives. (Photo credit: Adrian Curiel/Unsplash)

Much has been made about the NFL‘s lack of diversity in head coaching hires, as highlighted in former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores’ lawsuit against the league.


On Feb. 7, Miami officially announced the hire of Mike McDaniel, the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator. McDaniel identifies as biracial, as his father and paternal grandmother are both Black.


Since he identifies as biracial, the 49ers will receive two third-round compensatory draft picks for being the team from where a minority coach was hired, as part of the league’s Rooney Rule.

With straight hair and very light skin, many social media members believe McDaniel looks White.


A Reddit user even used a picture of the rapper Logic, who’s also biracial, to congratulate McDaniel.

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Beyond the jokes, not looking Black is something McDaniel noticed himself during his childhood.

“I remember one particular day, walking around and all of a sudden noticing that, ‘Hey, I’m the only fair-skinned person in all these picture frames,’ ” McDaniel told NBC Sports’ Matt Maiocco in a story published in March 2021.

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