Goodell posted a video on NFL social media on Friday in response to the video “Stronger Together”, which shows several of the most famous players in the league asking the league to take a strong stance after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. .
“We, the National Football Championship, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of blacks,” Goodl said. “We, the National Football Championship, admit that it is a mistake not to listen to NFL players earlier and encourage everyone to speak out and protest peacefully,” Goodell said.
“Without black players, there would be no National Football Championship,” Goodl said. “And protests across the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff.”
Goodell said he would contact players and others who have talked about these issues to see “how we can improve and move forward with a better and more united NFL family.”
In the video, the players, speaking unanimously, say: “So, on behalf of the National Football Championship, that’s what we want the players to hear from you. We, the National Football Championship, condemn racism and systemic black oppression. We, the National Football League “Championship, we mistakenly admit to silencing our players from the peaceful protest. We, the National Football Championship, believe that black lives matter.”
Racism has been a staple in the NFL, especially after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began to kneel before the race, while the national anthem played to protest police violence.
Goodell’s response comes after an almost continuous collaboration with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. The partnership established the Responsibility Program, an initiative that provides education grants to families affected by injustices through the United States. The program has created many public service announcements that have been released, including Meek Mill and Dreamchasers.
A spokesman for NFL’s Inspire Change program told CNN that a Legacy grant program had recently been launched and that three grants had already been given to families of victims of police brutality: Botham Jean, Antwon Rose II and Danroy “DJ” Henry.
Goodell’s response also comes after the third third of Drew Durs’ race, saying he would “never agree with anyone not to respect the flag.” Brees commented when asked about his opinion on players kneeling to protest police brutality as soon as the NFL season kicks off this fall.
CNN’s Faith Karimi contributed to this report.