Goodell: NFL is greatly saddened by the tragic events across our country

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement on Saturday responding to the protests across the country in response to the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer.

“The NFL family is greatly saddened by the tragic events across our country. The protesters’ reactions to these incidents reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel,” the statement began.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Mr. George Floyd and to those who have lost loved ones, including the families of Ms. Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and Mr. Ahmaud Arbery, the cousin of Tracy Walker of the Detroit Lions.

“As current events dramatically underscore, there remains much more to do as a country and as a league. These tragedies inform the NFL’s commitment and our ongoing efforts. There remains an urgent need for action. We recognize the power of our platform in communities and as part of the fabric of American society. We embrace that responsibility and are committed to continuing the important work to address these systemic issues together with our players, clubs and partners.”

Several NFL players have spoken out against the death of Floyd, which has ignited protests across the country. It has also led to renewed attention on Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and remains unsigned by any NFL team since becoming a free agent more than three years ago.

19 responses to “Goodell: NFL is greatly saddened by the tragic events across our country

  1. Probably not a good idea to make excuses for people looting, burning, destroying businesses and throwing bricks. Nice sound bite though Roger, whether you believe it or not.

  2. “We are so sad that all of the nonviolent protests were ignored leading up to this. I only wish there was something the NFL could have done. Oh well, guess that’s that.”

  3. The people of this country have spoken, loud and clear; we want the longstanding problems in this country to be solved (period)

    We can do this anytime that we are ready and the only thing that has ever held us back are the political leaders that only talk about change and aren’t able or willing to effect those changes. Whenever they decide to mean it when talking about change, then it will happen and we can being traveling down a different path towards the solutions to any problems that exist that we would like to solve.

  4. We OUTRIGHT blackballed Kaepernick who first spoke out about this very subject and we have have been wringing our hands in recent weeks over the continued lack of opportunities for minority coaches and GM’s in a league with a majority of minority players for decades, but yes, oh yes, we sincerely hate to see all of this. The NFL has actively participated and enabled it. It has been a topic at our white household the past few days, with a liberal wife that is a huge Vikings fan and me a conservative veteran of an integrated US Army and Cowboy fan, why we are still even watching and supporting the NFL? This statement from Goodell is an outright fraud.

  5. So long nfl. You are now the pcfl. I sincerely hope the league formerly known as The National Football League folds. Basically saying it’s ok to to riot and loot.

  6. Colin tried to make the point peacefully two years ago by merely taking a knee.

    VP Mike Pence left the stadium in obvious disgust, wasting thousands of dollars in taxpayer money just to fly there and back to try and score political points. The billionaire owners made it perfectly clear which corner they were in.

    The NFL…always reacting, never leading. You have to look to the NBA for that.

  7. I don’t condone what the cop did to floyd because its wrong but It’s also never a good idea to try and buy cigarettes drunk as floyd did with a fake 20 dollar bill and refuse to be arrested.

  8. Too bad you & the NFL community didn’t “embrace your responsibilities” with Kaepernick better. Maybe in hindsight you will encourage the NFL owners to be more “committed” to the social issues that surround American communities.

  9. Goodell skips over the fact that hundreds — if not thousands — of people are once again rioting, looting, and burning which is affecting innocent people’s lives.
    This cop will get his day and court and will be found guilty or innocent. If he’s found innocent, the rioting taking place right now will look like an Easter egg hunt.
    These morons who do this kind of thing should be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
    But of course we know that won’t happen. And the bleeding hearts will make excuses for them once again.
    If this cop is found guilty, he deserves the stiffest penalty they can give him, up to and including the death penalty. And the looters, rioters, and fire starters should also get the stiffest penalty the law allows.

  10. How about not doing the crime in the first place? Oh, there’s an idea outside the box! Do all you PC bleeding hearts think the law comes down on these idiots just because they’re just in a bad mood? The root of the problem is a cultural one. Goodell is nothing but a shill for the owners. This country is going to hell in a hand basket.

  11. Correct! The rioting, looting, pillaging, and burning has been horrific! People are showing their true colors. Content of character, indeed!

  12. steelcurtainn says:
    May 30, 2020 at 9:23 pm
    I don’t condone what the cop did to floyd because its wrong but It’s also never a good idea to try and buy cigarettes drunk as floyd did with a fake 20 dollar bill and refuse to be arrested.

    Dumb comment

  13. Some of the comments in this section makes me know that Kaep was right to kneel, and I agree. There are those who are offended by taking a knee during the anthem, but have very little problem with a man being executed by a wicked cop kneeling on a man’s neck over a reported nonviolent and non threatening crime that was not and has not been substantiated.

  14. Two wrongs dont make a right ! Anarchy in the streets like animals isn’t the answer doctor king is rolling over in his grave.

  15. If you’re that upset by a couple of days of rioting, imagine how upset you might be after 200+ years of systemic oppression and racism.

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