National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell admitted the league was “wrong” for failing to listen to players who protested social injustice.
In his second statement released since the death of George Floyd, Goodell said that he does agree with protestors and
“condemn the systemic oppression of black people.”
He also admitted fault for not listening to its players “earlier.”
Goodell said he wants players to continue to speak out through protesting, supported the Black Lives Matter movement, and offered his participation.
“I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much needed change in this country. Without black players, there would be no National Football League.”
The NFL has come under fire since Floyd’s death, as the image a police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck is being compared to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest racism and oppression. The moved sparked years of controversy, lawsuits, an eventual settlement after Kaepernick was blackballed.
Following Goodell’s first statement to address the “systemic issues” facing minorities, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar told CNBC that the NFL needs to
“prove to all of us that they mean what they say.
“We have to listen to people who are suffering… and understand the problem”
“Certain people among the ranks of police are racist or are afraid of people who don’t look like them. I think all of us would serve this issue if we can make friends with someone who doesn’t look like us. I think that is a key issue here, that too much of people’s humanity and their right to be a part of the American dream, that’s not recognized all the time, and that’s very unfortunate.”
We shall see. As @carlymaek replied to to Goodell on Twitter,
“You should personally apologize to @Kaepernick7, start hiring more black coaches and put your money where your mouth is..
Actions speak louder than words.”
You should personally apologize to @Kaepernick7, start hiring more black coaches and put your money where your mouth is. Actions speak louder than words.— Carly M (@carlymaek) June 5, 2020