NEW YORK – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the league was wrong because he didn’t listen to players fighting for racial equality and encourages them to protest peacefully.
A day after 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and several of his colleagues released a video condemning the league to condemn racism, Goodell made his strongest statement on the issues that many players passionately support.
George Floyd’s death has sparked nationwide protests over racial injustice and police brutality.
“It has been a difficult time for our country. Especially black people in our country, “Goodell said in a video released Friday. “First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all the families who have endured police brutality. We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic repression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players before and encourage everyone to speak up and protest peacefully. We, the National Football League, believe that Black Lives Matter. 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. And the protests across the country have marked the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff. We listen. I am listening and I will be contacting players who have made their voices heard and others about how we can improve and move forward for a better and more united NFL family. “