On Friday (June 5), the NFL officially apologized for silencing peaceful protest during the national anthem prior to games over the past few years, admitting "we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest."
Via a video statement made by Commissioner Roger Goodell on Twitter, the league says they’re sorry for not listening to their own players.
"We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People,” Goodell said. “We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter.”
We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter. #InspireChange pic.twitter.com/ENWQP8A0sv— NFL (@NFL) June 5, 2020
The statement follows a previous one that many labeled as very weak and not at all sincere considering the NFL squashed peaceful protest and settled with Colin Kaepernick over alleged collusion to keep him from being signed by a team after he began his kneeling movement.
Understandably, there are still many who believe the league’s latest apology isn’t nearly enough since Kaepernick still isn’t on an NFL roster. Kaep’s girlfriend, Nessa Diab, was one of those who voiced her anger.
“And you @nflcommish STILL have @Kaepernick7 blackballed for peacefully protesting,” she tweeted.
Others also jumped in to demand more action rather than words from the NFL. See what they had to say below.
The NFL should formally apologize to Colin Kaepernick.— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) June 5, 2020
Admit that you conspired to collude and interfere with the contractual rights of @Kaepernick7 and exerted pressure on teams to prevent him from obtaining employment, in retaliation for his exercise of free speech, protesting systemic racial discrimination by police officers.— 🌊 Tommy J (@ResistMonsters) June 5, 2020
4 years tooooo late & insincere for just going with the trending flow. Act instead of talking. pic.twitter.com/LKw8wbvnCi— M•A•J (@Ultra_Suristic) June 5, 2020
Okay @NFL, so how about #GiveKapAJob. Sign our petition and tell the @NFL, they could show they've heard us by stopping the blackballing of Colin Kaepernick, and giving him a job. https://t.co/V1ZD1WnUoS— ColorOfChange (@ColorOfChange) June 6, 2020
3 years late pic.twitter.com/IXUP0HCNme— Ron (@ronoIogy) June 5, 2020
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