Goodell published a video to the NFL’s social networks on Friday in action to the video “Stronger Together,” which includes numerous of the league’s most popular players asking the league to take a strong position in the wake of George Floyd’s death inMinneapolis
“We the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,” Goodell stated. “We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest,” Goodell stated.
Goodell kept in mind that it has actually been a hard time for the nation, in specific black Americans, and used his acknowledgements to the households of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and”all the families who have endured police brutality.”
“Without black players there would be no National Football League,” Goodell stated.”And the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff.”
Goodell stated he will be connecting to players and others who have actually spoken up on these concerns to see”how we can improve and go forward for a better and more united NFL family.”
The video by NFL stars was launched on Thursday and included the following players: Davante Adams, Jamal Adams, Saquon Barkley, Anthony Barr, Odell Beckham Jr., Ezekiel Elliott, Stephon Gilmore, DeAnd re Hopkins, Eric Kendricks, Jarvis Landry, Marshon Lattimore, Patrick Mahomes, Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson, Sterling Shepard, Michael Thomas, Deshaun Watson and ChaseYoung
In the video, the players, speaking in unison, state:”So on behalf of the National Football League, this is what we the players would like to hear you state. We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systemic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit wrong in silencing our players from peacefully protesting. We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter.”
Racism has actually been a relentless problem in the NFL, especially after previous San Francisco 49 ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling prior to video games while the nationwide anthem played to demonstration authorities cruelty.
No group has actually used Kaepernick an agreement because 2017, which numerous quality to his demonstrations. Kaepernick implicated NFL group owners of colluding to keep him from being signed. The NFL rejected any collusion however in 2019, they reached a settlement with Kaepernick and previous colleague Eric Reid, who knelt with him.
Goodell’s action follows an almost year-long collaboration with Jay-Z’s RocNation The collaboration developed The Responsibility Program, an effort offering education grants to households that have actually been impacted by oppressions through the UnitedStates The program has actually produced numerous civil service statements which have actually been launched among which included Meek Mill and theDreamchasers
A representative for the NFL’s Inspire Change program informed CNN that a Legacy Grant Program was just recently released which 3 grants have actually currently been provided to households of victims of authorities cruelty: Botham Jean, Antwon Rose II and Danroy “DJ”Henry
Goodell’s action likewise follows Saints quarterback Drew Brees stated he would “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag.” Brees made the remark when asked his viewpoint about players kneeling to demonstration authorities cruelty once the NFL season starts this fall.
He has actually because asked forgiveness for his “insensitive” remarks after getting criticism from his own colleagues and other professional athletes.
CNN’s Faith Karimi contributed to this report.