Goodell posted a video on the National Football League (NFL) social media on Friday in response to the video “Stronger Together”, which featured several of the league’s most famous players and asked George · George Floyd took a firm stand after the death of Minneapolis.
Goodell said: “We are the National Football League, condemning racism and systematic oppression of black people.” Goodell said: “We, the National Football League, recognize that we do not listen to NFL players as early as possible and encourage everyone to speak out and carry out Peaceful protest is wrong.”
Goodell did not mention the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was strongly opposed by the League of Nations and others for kneeling before the game, while the national anthem was protesting Police brutality.
Goodell said he will get in touch with players and others who have a say on these issues to understand “how we can improve and move towards a better, more united NFL family.” It is unclear whether Kaepernick is included. CNN has contacted Kaepernick for comment.
Goodell said: “Without black players there would be no National Football League.” “Protests across the country symbolize centuries of silent inequality and oppression by black players, coaches, fans and employees.”
In the video, the players spoke in unison: “So, on behalf of the National Football League, this is what our players want to hear. We, the National Football League condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people in the country. We, the National Football League (National Football League) admits that it is wrong for our players to protest peacefully. We, the National Football League (National Football League), believe that the lives of black people are essential.”
After establishing a partnership with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation for almost a year, Goodell responded. The partnership established a “responsibility plan,” which provides education grants to families affected by injustice through the United States. The plan created multiple public service announcements, one of which has been published, including Meek Mill and Dreamchasers.
A spokesperson for the NFL’s Inspire Change program told CNN that a “legacy grant program” has recently been launched and three grants have been provided to the families of police brutality victims: Botam Jane and Antwan Rose II and Dan Roy “DJ” Henry.
Goodell’s statement followed the announcement of the New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. He said earlier this week that he “never agrees with anyone who does not respect the national flag.” When Blaise knelt down to protest police brutality after the beginning of the NFL season this fall, Blaise made a comment.
CNN’s Faith Karimi contributed to this report.