We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter. #InspireChange pic.twitter.com/ENWQP8A0sv
— NFL (@NFL) June 5, 2020
“Someone please tell Roger and Drew Brees to keep their under seasoned under cooked chicken sh** apologies.” – WildeTuna
What can we say to please our fellow white Americans and apologize for later when black America disapproves? This has got to be the thoughts of these nationalist super stars. Are you so loyal, that the death of millions of people through out history of this country here and abroad are voided? Do you understand why we place the astrick next to the pledge of allegiance? Your just understanding why Colin took a knee?
In 1968, at the Mexico City Olympics, when runners John Carlos and Tommie Smith famously raised their fists in the Black Power salute after winning bronze and gold medals, respectively, while the national anthem played. Did you forget?
There’s compelling evidence that David Meggyesy’s outspoken criticism of the war led to his benching and, ultimately, a premature end to his career. He later wrote the tell-all memoir, “Out of Their League,” chronicling his quest for social justice, and the then-taboo topics of racism, drug abuse and extreme violence in the game. Did you forget the history of this in the NFL?
The efforts of Joe Nammath to break down barriers that separated players back then have gone unheard.“The Star-Spangled Banner”: In 1996, the NBA’s Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was nearly suspended for his desire, based on his religion, not to stand during the anthem.
The wrath Muhammad Ali incurred after refusing to enlist in the Vietnam War in 1967, one of the most notable moments of an athlete standing up for his beliefs. “War is against the teachings of the Koran,” he said at the time. “I’m not trying to dodge the draft [but] we don’t take part in Christian wars.” Ali thrice refused to step forward when his name was called for induction into the U.S. Army, leading to the stripping of his heavyweight title and barring him from boxing.
the Black Lives Matter movement has spurred another wave of high-profile athletes speaking out. In 2014, LeBron James and fellow NBA players Kyrie Irving, Jarret Jack and Kevin Garnett wore “I Can’t Breathe” shirts in reference to the last words of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man who died after a police officer placed him in a chokehold. They were part of a string of athletes sporting similar shirts during warm-ups in recognition of the protests that stemmed from the lack of indictment of the officer who killed Garner.
The same year, five St. Louis Rams players took the field during a game against the Oakland Raiders with the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” pose made iconic by the protests in Ferguson. Neither the players nor the team faced punishment by the NFL, which maintained the players had the right to exercise their free speech. On the other hand, supporting Black Lives Matter had some WNBA players facing potential fines this year after they wore shirts that said “#BlackLivesMatter” during warm-ups before games in the wake of fatal police shootings that rocked the U.S. The WNBA players and teams were fined for wearing the shirts until their protests forced the WNBA to reverse the decision. None of these ring a bell?
DO THE PLAYERS FINED FIRED BLACK BALLED AND SUSPENDED GET REFUNDS, BACK PAY AND CERTIFICATES FOR HONORALBLE ACTIONS?
Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday the league admits it was wrong “for not listening to NFL players earlier” and encourages “all to speak out and peacefully protest” in a video posted across the league’s social media platforms.
Goodell’s video comes a day after a number of notable NFL players posted an identical video across their various social media accounts in which they call on the league to “condemn racism and a systemic oppression of black people … admit wrong in silencing our players from peacefully protesting … believe black lives matter.”
DON’T APOLOGIZE BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT TO LOSE MONEY! DON’T APOLOGIZE WHEN ITS TOO LATE!
With players across the league calling out the false hearted statement I feel a major action is going to need to take place to gain the support of the black community. Countless dollars spent a year and countless dollars made a year by the NFL, how could you not care about the ones who keep you in that top tier tax bracket? Guess you thought you would always have your slaves and gladiators to entertain you and pay for your luxuries. From the struggles of player safety to the struggles of player mental health, how could we expect the NFL to care about the players/leagues fans? Covid-19 threatening to hurt ticket sales and stadium income while the NFL sets itself up for another year of low broadcasting numbers.
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