PRESEASON LETTER TO THE TEAM
JULY 28, 1971
I am very interested in each of you as an individual, but I must act in what I consider to be in the best interest of the team for either the moment or the future. Your race or religion will have no bearing on my judgment, but your ability and how it works into my philosophy of team play very definitely will. Furthermore, your personal conduct and adherence to standards [the Pyramid of Success] that I make undoubtedly will be taken into consideration, either consciously or subconsciously.
I am not writing here to defend ...