NFL Admits Wrongdoing in ”Not Listening” to Players About Racism

NFL Admits Wrongdoing in ''Not Listening'' to Players About Racism

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has actually stepped forward to state the league was incorrect for “not listening” to gamers’ issues concerning racial inequality. 

In a brand-new declaration voicing assistance for the Black Lives Matter motion, Goodell stated Friday by means of video message, “It has actually been a hard time for our nation, in specific Black individuals in our nation. First, my acknowledgements to the households of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all the households who have actually withstood cops cruelty.”

“We, the National Football League condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black people,” he continued. We, the National Football League, confess we were incorrect for not listening to NFL gamers earlier and motivate all to speak up and in harmony demonstration. We, the National Football League, think Black Lives Matter.

The concern of bigotry within the NFL gathered restored direct exposure when in 2016, Colin Kaepernick objected versus cops cruelty by kneeling when the nationwide anthem played throughout video games. After being not able to sign with a brand-new group the list below year, Kaepernick submitted a collusion grievance versus NFL owners. The grievance was independently settled in 2019. 

In 2018, the NFL authorized a policy that would need gamers and league workers on the sideline to stand throughout the nationwide anthem, however provided people the alternative to stay inside the locker space if they did not wish to stand. The policy was eventually never ever imposed. 

Looking towards the future, Goodell has actually pledged to do much better. 

“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 protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff,” he stated in the video. 

“We are listening, I am listening, and I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices and others on how we can improve and go forward for a better, more united NFL family,” Goodell concluded. 

Earlier today, Drew Brees dealt with criticism from fellow professional athletes for explaining the nationwide anthem demonstrations as rude. 

Brees provided an apology, which check out in part, “In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country. They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy.”

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