Posted 107 days ago
National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell apologized for the league's position opposing players kneeling during the national anthem.
The NFL walked back the league's position in a video statement Friday after expressing condolences to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, later issuing a strong condemnation of racism.
"We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter," Goodell said in a video statement. "I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country."
Protests during football games first began after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem in 2016 protesting police brutality. "I am not going ... (Read more)