A reporter asked Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles about the team’s preparations for the frigid weather in Detroit this weekend.

The Buccaneers will play at the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon, with temperatures forecasted well below freezing.

“Looking forward towards Detroit. The weather has been a factor in some of the playoff games, even for the most prepared teams. Today, it’s 13 in Detroit,” the reporter said.

“Any special plans to acclimate the team to not only endure, but perform, in those kind of frigid temperatures should you face them in Detroit,” the reporter continued.

There’s only one problem with her question.

The Detroit Lions have played indoors for approximately 50 years.

“You do know we play indoors, right? They got a dome,” Bowles responded.

“No, nothing planned. We’re indoors and we only have to be outside for twenty seconds getting off the bus and going under the thing. So, we’ll be okay,” he continued.

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The clip has gone viral on social media, with many people saying DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) was to blame for the reporter’s lack of knowledge about the Lions playing indoors.

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The Lions have played in the domed Ford Field in downtown Detroit since 2002. Before that, their home stadium was the Pontiac Silverdome for 37 years. Pro football has been played indoors in Detroit since 1975.

Weather forecasts have the temperature for Sunday afternoon at 23 degrees. But as Bowles said, the Bucs will have to deal with that for less than a minute when they get off the team bus. Otherwise, it will be a climate-controlled 70 degrees inside Ford Field when the Bucs and Lions kick off on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.

DEI has faced serious criticism in a more impactful industry than the media.

The airline industry.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) includes ‘severe intellectual’ disabilities, psychiatric problems, and other mental and physical conditions in diversity and inclusion guidelines detailed on the agency’s website.

‘Psychiatric’ and ‘Severe Intellectual’ Disabilities Included In FAA’s Diversity Hiring Push

"Do you want to fly in an airplane where they prioritized DEI hiring over your safety? That is actually happening," Elon Musk said.

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United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby received criticism for the company’s use of DEI to hire employees.

United Airlines CEO Criticized For DEI Hiring Initiatives, Drag Queen Photos Surface

In a June 2021 interview with Axios, Kirby explained he wanted the company to fulfill a DEI quota in their United Aviate Academy.

“Today, only 19 percent of our pilots at United Airlines are women, or people of color, and by the way from all the data I’ve seen that’s the highest of any airline in the country,” Kirby said.

Kirby was asked how United Airlines could raise the bar to meet its quota.

“One of the things we do is for every job when we’re doing an interview, we require women and people of color to be involved in the interview process,” he said.

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The consequences of hiring someone not qualified for the job in the airline industry will weigh far greater than someone asking a silly question to a football coach.

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