Goodell criticized for statement on racial injustice

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is underneath hearth for his reaction to the national protests in opposition to police brutality, which started ultimate week in keeping with the demise of George Floyd in Minneapolis. His critics, amongst them NFL avid gamers, pointed to the dealing with of Colin Kaepernick‘s kneeling protests.

In his statement, Goodell stated the “NFL circle of relatives is a great deal saddened by way of the tragic occasions throughout our nation” and the “protesters’ reactions to those incidents mirror the ache, anger and frustration that such a lot of people really feel.”

“As present occasions dramatically underscore, there stays a lot more to do as a rustic and as a league. Those tragedies tell the NFL’s dedication and our ongoing efforts,” Gooddell added. “There stays an pressing want for motion. We acknowledge the facility of our platform in communities and as a part of the material of American society.”

In reaction, Texans vast receiver Kenny Stills tweeted, “Save the bulls***.” Stills is among the few avid gamers who proceed to kneel at the sidelines right through the nationwide anthem to protest racial injustice. 

“Disgrace on you. That is past hole + disingenuous. This can be a lie. Your movements display who you’re,” stated director Ava DuVernay. “You could have achieved not anything however the complete opposite of what you describe right here. Stay Mr. Floyd’s title from your mouth. Disgrace on you + the ‘experts’ of this travesty of a company.”

“Colin Kaepernick requested the NFL to care concerning the lives of black other people they usually banned him from their platform,” tweeted Michael-Shawn Dugar, a reporter with The Athletic.

Kaepernick hasn’t performed within the NFL for the reason that 2016-2017 season when he started kneeling right through the nationwide anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice.

In 2017, Kaepernick and protection Eric Reid filed a complaint in opposition to the league, alleging they remained unsigned on account of collusion by way of homeowners following the kneeling protest. Reid would later signal with the Carolina Panthers the next yr. In February, the NFL and attorneys for Kaepernick and Reid reached a non-public agreement for an undisclosed sum. 

Jed York, CEO of the 49ers, tweeted a commentary in keeping with the protests.

“Other people right through our nation are hurting,” York stated. “Feelings are uncooked, and rightfully so. Heinous acts had been dedicated in fresh weeks. Earlier than we’re in a position to comprehend impactful trade, we will have to first have the braveness and compassion as human beings to come back in combination and recognize the issue: black males, girls, youngsters and different oppressed minorities proceed to be systematically discriminated in opposition to.”

Former NFL participant Torrey Smith, who performed for the 49ers right through the 2015-2016 season, defended York. “I have had numerous conversations with Jed about those problems when I used to be in SF. I am thankful for his dedication to the Bay and injustices in all places,” Smith tweeted.

Reid, who knelt beside Kaepernick, criticized York. “I see that a large number of y’all assume that it takes cash to get justice. It does no longer. It takes cash to facilitate injustice. Justice is simple, the gadget chooses to not give it,” Reid tweeted. 

Reid additionally replied to Smith, who stated York supported avid gamers’ sidelines protests, including that he by no means as soon as heard York inform avid gamers to not kneel.

“You talk according to your enjoy and I take into account that. Then again, I will inform you that you just by no means heard him say ‘do not kneel’ since you by no means knelt. He begged me to not kneel,” Reid tweeted

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