The message couldn't be more clear. The National Football League was wrong.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admitted in video posted to Twitter on Friday that the league should’ve listened to players’ protests against racism and police brutality earlier, and expressed support on behalf of the NFL for the Black Lives Matter movement.
“It has been a difficult time for our country, in particular, Black people in our country,” he said in a video posted to the NFL’s Twitter account. “First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all the families who have endured police brutality. We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systemic 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,” he went on. “I personally protest with you, and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country. Without Black players, there would be no National Football League. And the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of Black players, coaches, fans and staff. We are listening. I am listening, and I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices and others on how we can improve and go forward for a better and more united NFL family.”
What does this mean to 49'ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee on the field while the national anthem was playing and paid for it with his job, possibly his career? Can he come back? Can he still play? Has he been away from the game too long?
One way of the other, this should enrage that deranged bastard in the White House. Death by apoplexy - that has a lovely ring to it.