In May 2018, National Football League owners approved a modified anthem policy in which players were given the option to remain in the locker room for the anthem.
"In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country". The NFL Players Association filed a grievance and reportedly contemplated potential litigation.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently issued a statement where he proclaimed that Black Lives Matter, and admitted that the NFL was wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier about the pitfalls of racism and systemic oppression. They see more whites than ever may be listening to blacks' causes and realizing the oppression and the inequality must end. Goodell did just that. "If not, playing football is going to help us save lives and change things, then that's what it needs to be", he said.
Roger Goodell came through with a massive statement this past week as he released a video in which he claims the NFL stands with protesters and that the league was wrong about kneeling for the anthem.
This past week has been a insane one in the NFL, where football players of all backgrounds have taken to social media to denounce police brutality, with many showing up to respective protests in their area to march for Black Lives Matter.
Goodell added that he would be reaching out to players and wants "to be part of the much-needed change in this country".
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He also asked that those attending wear a face mask due to COVID-19 concerns and that protests would not be allowed. The imagery Sharpton used resonated at the memorial for George Floyd today in Minneapolis.
Going into the 2020 season, Peterson made it be known that he has little doubt about how players will act before games when the national anthem sounds.
"We will accelerate efforts to highlight their critical work", the National Football League said in a statement. "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 National Football League family".
"It has been a hard time for our country, in particular, Black people in our country", he said in a video posted to the NFL's Twitter account. Goodell repeated their words almost verbatim in his video. The wording of Goodell's comments mostly was drawn from the wording in the players' video.
Former San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick began kneeling for the national anthem in 2016 as a protest against police brutality and racism in the United States.
It was back on Friday when Trump tweeted his support of Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who said on Wednesday that he would "never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country".
Brees also addressed Trump in an Instagram post, saying protests have never been about the flag. Brees later countered Trump's praise.