Tony Dungy, in a recent interview on Bob Costas' NFL show on HBO, virtually announced how he has and/or plans to break several federal, state, and local civil rights laws regarding employees' rights to employment regardless of religion and sexual orientation.
In a discussion on the pressures in the workplace Dungy's responsible for for the players, who are employees, to participate in Christian group religious exercises, he claims that players are free to not participate but then describes a workplace so hostile to religious freedom that "only one player" has come to him to explain why he would not participate.
Dungy was utterly oblivious to the evidence he had provided on national television that there was such a strong expectation of participation and of retaliation for non-participation that that player felt it necessary to come to him to seek permission not to participate.
Taking his oblivion further, Dungy seemed unaware of the evidence he provided that fear of retaliation must be so strong that only one person was brave enough to approach him in all the years he's coached the Colts. I have no idea what the actual numbers are on pro football players' religious preferences, but I strongly doubt that they are merely the percentage of one non-whatever-sort-of-Christian-prefers-employment- pressure-to-participate divided by Christian-employment-pressure-Dominionism-supporters enough not to make for self-selection away from the Colts no matter how much a player wants a chance to be in the playoff championship game or Superbowl, not to mention the evidence it seems to have provided regarding much hostile workplace going-along-to-get-along among Colts players over the years.
Then, icing his bigot cake, Dungy explains how he'd not fire a gay player but would subject him to a humiliating session where Dungy would "sit him down" and lecture him about how "wrong" he thinks the status of being gay is -- again utterly oblivious to his textbook description of the creation of a hostile workplace, including that describing it on national television in this manner was as clear statement of employment bigotry as if the Colts had posted a sign outside their personnel office reading, "No Gays Need Apply".
It was jaw-droppingly stupid behavior. Thanks are in order for Costas for asking the questions, however softball his response, and for airing Dungy's foot-in-mouth responses. I hope someone gets a copy of the show for future use when a brave player has finally had enough. At the very least, it's past time for the Commissioner to have the talk that really needs to take place -- with Dungy and the Colts' owners and managers that puts an end to their operating a bigoted shop.