'We were wrong': NFL commissioner regrets stance on player protests, condemns racism

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National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league made mistakes in not listening to players, in a video on Friday denouncing racism in the United States amid widespread protests over police brutality against black people.

The NFL logo is pictured at an event in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Files

The NFL has been locked in an ongoing debate with players over kneeling protests during the customary pre-game playing of the national anthem. The practice was popularized by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is black, in 2016 to protest racial injustice and police brutality. “Protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff,” said Goodell. “I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices and others on how we can improve.”

“We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag - NO KNEELING!”

 

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I wish he meant it and took some type of real action behind the words.

What r u going to do?

Talk is cheap. resign

The NFL will effectively become a political party now. No fans. Only waking up to serve their themselves. Football is NO LONGER the point. Unsustainable virtue signaling. Sad!

Now apologize to keapernick and bring him back with back pay.

it's not the mooooooooney they are kind soulssssssss

And the continued reason why I don’t watch NFL.

What a fraud. this guy is. He is a racist but is acting like he cares. If he needs to atone, he should make a public apology to ColinKaepernick , compensate him for his loss in income for these years and have NFL pay $100M to Kaepernick's foundation for social justice.

So, when does that apology to Kaepernick come?

The NFL is horrible. College football is where it’s at!

Question is ,does he really believe it

They must be losing money...

Look what it took to get what was a needed peaceful protest acknowledged. No one should be proud.

WHITE LIVES MATTER

Translation: “We in the NFL admit that our ignoring the BLM movement in favor of profits was wrong. We now realize that this posture may now endanger future profits and we must now embrace BLM concerns. We are too big and amoral to know any better”

oh now you are wrong?! gtfoh

What are the owners saying

Yea they need our support now to keep making millions so they can rape our men and maintain their WhitePrivilege. When Blacks say it, don’t listen but when Whites say the identical thing, stop the entire procession 🤷🏽‍♀️

Racism in American sports specially towards African-Americans is American as an apple pie. Corporate Racist Liars joining the anti-racist bandwagon for corporate profits(If you can beat them ..join them). 33 NFL --Non African American owned!! what does that tell you ONLY 2

Whatever’s popular

Vince Lombardi near the end of his life was devoted to using his public platform to promoting ideals of love and equality and had always felt his, “Winning is the only thing” words were used out of context and didn’t like how they were interpreted. nflcommish leader.

They need to tell that to ColinKaepernick.

hands up? too late NFL

Shameful organization. Brutal form of entertainment. Romanesque

reuters The NFL has been locked in an ongoing debate with players over kneeling protests during the national anthem. The practice was popularized by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is black, in 2016 to protest racial injustice and police brutality. (1/2)

'Kneel as much as you fucking like,' Goodell commented. 'And, we have NFL-branded rugs for you do that on, if you like...available at the NFL Shop, of course.' 😃

Oh, now you're sorry after ruining Kap's career! Nooooo......you wanted to go along with a coward!

Kaepernick7, we appreciate you bro.. Thank you! BlackLivesMatter 🖤✊🏾

And here we go again. It’s like “Groundhog Day” around here... So why does purposefully suppress comments like mine by retweeting the original post OVER and OVER again so you don’t see all the feedback they received after the first post? Where is the fight for 1A now?

sounds promsing :)

OK now what ? ...

Too little too late

We already knew U were wrong! U were 2 busy kissing rich old White owners A$$ tho instead of doing the Right Thing!

Now, after a couple years they say it. What a shame! They should’ve supported before.

We heard you virtue signalling, expect us.

معك_يا_جيشنا_و_قيادتنا نحن معك حتى نهاية هذا العالم

BULLshit

Too little too late

Good move my NFL, all this hype is for 2 weeks after that no one will care about these protests. Just pretend to support them till the hype is over

Tiny mob now owns him

but still no apology to Kaepernick7

What's going to really determine the NFL stance is the 'MONEY' , if it starts to go up or down...

Apologize to Colin Kaepernick!

'BLACK LIVES MATTER' IS VERY RACIST: All lives matter!

Now apologize to Kaepernick7 and let him play!

Players have the right to kneel and I have the right to turn the NFL off.

We aren’t racist because we don’t want people kneeling during the national anthem we are proud to live in America and we hate to see our country disrespected.

DerangedDonald 🍊 McPlump will be triggered by this. Oh well ...

If the NFL lets players take a knee I will NEVER watch another football game. Period. I would hope everyone would cancel any program dealing with the sport of football.

Cause Money! the only skin color they care about is green...

PR stunt. I hope the NFL and its franchise owners continue to lose billions. Keep NFL locked down. Pro sports is most sickening example of gap between rich and poor. Let’s see you, Goodell, on “both” knees with your cap in hand. TakeAKnee BLM (Trump will bail you out of course)

Goodell = Captain F. Obvious

Where's he been the last 100 years! Time have changed , lets bring the CFL AND THE NFL together! I want to see Wpg_BlueBombers in the Super Bowl!!!! GadSaad drewbrees HerschelWalker gmfb EmmittSmith22 Let's make a new league ! Sport teams have always been multicultural!

NFL a lot like a mob's league.

Philip Morris announces that cigarette smoking may be harmful to your health.

Let Kaepernick7 play

Boobs.

Hire Kaepernick7 or any of this is just hot air. Actionwords

HE was wrong. No WE in HE.

Another cave without understanding the true issue.

“True redemption is...when guilt leads to good.”

Why is the black community using a career criminal and a drug attic as a martyr. They seem to do this all the time

Absolutely!

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