“I admit that we, the National Football League, were wrong not to listen to NFL players first and not to encourage them to speak openly and to protest peacefully. We, the National Football League, think black lives are important, “said Gooddell, repeating the slogan of the black rights movement, Black Lives Matter.
We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter. #InspireChange pic.twitter.com/ENWQP8A0sv
– NFL (@NFL) June 5, 2020
Goodell’s words came in response to a video released on Friday, in which important NFL players spoke of George Floyd, killed during a violent arrest by the police, and of racism widespread in the States. The players asked the NFL to openly take sides with black rights.
– Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) June 5, 2020
Goodell, however, never named Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who in August 2016 refused to stand up during the national anthem before a game, contributing significantly to the protests that had also been organized. in those days. After that gesture, Kaepernick found himself for a long time without a team and sued the owners of the NFL teams accusing them of having agreed not to hire him. The NFL also imposed a fine on teams whose players had knelt during the national anthem.
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