Goodell posted a video on NFL’s social media on Friday in response to a video called “Stronger Together” in which several of the league’s most famous players called on the league to take a firm stand after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“We condemn the National Football League’s racism and systematic oppression of blacks,” Goodell said. “We, the National Football League, have acknowledged that we were wrong before we listened to the NFL players and encouraged everyone to speak up and protest peacefully,” Goodell said.
“There would be no national football league without black players,” Goodell said. “And the demonstrations across the country symbolize the inequality and oppression of a century of silence on black players, coaches, fans and staff.”
Goodell said he will reach out to players and others to talk about these issues to see how we can improve and move forward for a better and more connected NFL family.
In the video, the players speak in unison: “So on behalf of the National Football League, we, the players, want to hear you say this. We, the National Football League, condemn racism and racist violence. We, the National Football League, believe that the issue of black life is important.
Racism has become an unresolved issue in the NFL, especially after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin started walking before the Capernic Games when the national anthem police acted in protest of the barbarism.
Goodell’s response comes after nearly a year-long partnership with J-Z’s Rock Nation. The Partnership Accountability Program was established, an initiative that provides education grants to the families of those who have been victims of injustices through the United States. The program has created multiple public service announcements that have been released featuring a Make Mill and Dreamchaser.
A spokesman for the NFL’s Inspiration Change Program told CNN that a Legacy Grant program was recently launched and that families of victims of police brutality have already received three grants: Botham Jean, second Anton Rose and “DJ” Henry in Danroy.
Goods also responded to Saints quarterback Drew Bryce saying he would “never agree with anyone on insulting the flag”. Bryce made the remarks when asked for his opinion on the players’ knees to protest police brutality as the NFL season began to decline.
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