NFL Admits Wrongdoing in ''Not Listening'' to Players About Racism

Coaching Staffs Permitted To Return To Facilities

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says league was wrong for not listening to players earlier about racism

It speaks volumes. Like with many of these statements from leagues, franchises and players who say they must "do better", as we all hopefully learned in grade school, the actions must speak louder than the words.

The senseless and tragic killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are at the forefront of all conversations about racial inequality, police brutality and injustice in America today.

"We the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people", Goodell said. Specifically, the group of players - including Patrick Mahomes, Odell Beckham Jr., Tyrann Mathieu, and Ezekiel Elliott - want the National Football League to condemn racism, admit it was wrong in silencing protesting players, and plainly state that Black Lives Matter.

It might not be ideal - the players asked for admission of wrong in "silencing our players from peacefully protesting" - but it is a big step from the years of the league not giving an inch after Colin Kaepernick and others began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest social injustice.

Kaepernick, who led the San Francisco 49ers to Super Bowl 47 in 2013, has been out of the league since the 49ers released him after the 2016 season.

"I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much needed change in this country", Goodell continued.

Goodell's message came after a number of the NFL's leading players called on the league to denounce racism in a video.

"We know that we can and need to do more", the National Football League stated in its Instagram post. "We, the National Football League, believe that black lives matter".

But Trump tweeted on Friday that Brees "should not have taken back his original stance".

Trump, on Friday, criticised Brees' decision to publicly apologise over his comments about "disrespecting the flag", referring to players kneeling in a pose which has become a symbol of the fight for racial justice in the United States.

In a Zoom video posted Thursday on Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas' Twitter feed, players such as Thomas, Patrick Mahomes, Tyrann Mathieu, Ezekiel Elliott, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Jamal Adams and Saquon Barkley took turns speaking. He also said standing for the national anthem with a hand over one's heart shows "unity and shows we are all int his together". And, "what if I was George Floyd?".

The collaboration from National Football League stars came in response to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and growing tensions over police brutality and racism in the United States of America.

"We as a white community need to listen and learn from the pain and suffering of our black communities", Brees added.

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