49ers’ Katie Sowers says NFL group informed her it wasn’t prepared for feminine coach

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Katie Sowers, an offensive assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers, says she was informed throughout an interview with a special NFL group that it wasn’t prepared to rent a lady.

“I suppose I’d say that the honesty that was given to me after they had been saying that I — not that I didn’t get the job, however they felt that the 49ers, as a result of they knew the way it was to have a lady on workers, could be a greater match for me. And that their group was not but able to have a lady on workers,” Sowers stated on FS1’s “Truthful Recreation with Kristine Leahy.”

“He even went on to say that one of many coach’s got here as much as him and stated, ‘The place are we gonna put her desk?’ And he stated, ‘The place we put everybody else’s desk.’ However that was one other indicator to him that this group is much from being prepared.”

Sowers, 33, turned the second girl to turn into a full-time NFL coach when she was employed two years in the past. She was additionally the primary NFL coach to be an open member of the LGBTQ neighborhood. Kathryn Smith was the primary girl to carry a full-time NFL teaching function because the Payments’ particular groups high quality management coach in 2016, the identical yr Sowers was an intern for Kyle Shanahan, the present 49ers head coach who was the Falcons’ offensive coordinator on the time.

Whereas Sowers was harm by what the individual from the undisclosed NFL group informed her, she additionally appreciated being informed the reality.

“Though I hated listening to that, I beloved the sincere as a result of it meant that the phrases that he was saying was coming from the muse of the ignorance of the group, however he understood the ignorance,” Sowers stated. “I feel oftentimes we get so caught up in listening to what’s politically appropriate and listening to all these phrases that simply make us really feel higher when typically it could possibly be lies, and I’d reasonably hear the reality and listen to the ignorance as a result of that’s the place we create change. It’s not the phrases that we have to change, it’s the mindset.”