This quote by San Francisco head coach, Mike Nolan, was buried in an article in the San Jose Mercury News in an article about the potential replacement of Antonio Bryant, who is currently serving a suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
"It's not about the money. It's more about us adding good football players. We want the same kind of guy in free agency as we're looking for in the draft. That's first and foremost a guy that can play the game well, and secondly somebody that's got great character and fits in with what we're doing. But if you go with the second one first you're just going to end up with a LILY-WHITE team that doesn't beat anybody."
And, per chance, what the hell does he mean by that? If I still understand the English language, I think that he means that if you value character most of all, you will almost surely end up surrounded by White people. I guess there's no consideration for known nice guy Black players like Warrick Dunn, LaDanian Tomlinson or Tiki Barber. Violent savages like Bill Romanowski and baby daddies Brian Urlacher, Matt Leinart and Tom Brady would certainly be filling up all the roster spots.
Mike Nolan might not be a racist, but he says racist things. It just goes to show you that perceptions and stereotypes still rule the day.
Update: Apparently the 49ers have deleted the quote from their press conference transcript. Whether it's an innocent expression or a racist slip of the tongue, I guess the 49ers aren't willing to take the chance to give more ammunition to the story. Via the Fanhouse.
(Thanks to D-Wil for the find.)