Eric Kendricks to NFL: “Your statement said nothing”

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Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks wants more from the NFL.

Or at least something.

Kendricks vented his frustrations on social media Tuesday, putting very little stock in the league’s statement from Saturday which included kind words but few specifics.

“.@NFL what actual steps are you taking to support the fight for justice and system reform?” he wrote. “Your statement said nothing. Your league is built on black athletes. Vague answers do nothing. Let the players know what you’re ACTUALLY doing.

“And we know what silence means.”

The tweet included an illustration with a stylized NFL shield logo, with the words “We Want Answers.”

In subsequent tweets, Kendricks said the Vikings have been talking as a team to create some concrete steps, and asked for input for ways the team could help beyond making donations.

“But we want answers at the league level,” he wrote. “That’s where change can happen, and we’ve seen none. Because right now, it seems like nothing. And nothing is unacceptable.

“You can’t bring in people to teach us how we should interact with police but not work towards changing the behavior of the police themselves. Silence will not make this go away.”

Commissioner Roger Goodell referenced the league’s “power of our platform in communities and as part of the fabric of American society” in the statement.

Kendricks just challenged him to use it.

73 responses to “Eric Kendricks to NFL: “Your statement said nothing”

  1. LOL what is Goodell supposed to do, put on a mask and start burning buildings?

  2. JUSTICE WILL NOT BE SERVED UNTIL THOSE WHO ARE UNAFFECTED ARE AS JUST AS OUTRAGED AS THOSE WHO ARE
    -Benjamin Franklin
    May 25,1778

    RIOTS ARE THE VOICE OF THOSE WHO ARE NOT HEARD!!!
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  3. LOL what is Goodell supposed to do, put on a mask and start burning buildings?

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    Exactly. This is how they turn Goodwill into a negative. Same way one movement took the Kapernick kneeling and made it about something it was not and totally derailed the message.

    What is he doing? Just angrily approaching a situation that needs a measured approach?

    A bunch of naive people who think that negativity and violence and threats alone can get things done….there still needs to be a representative to sit and calmly discuss things to reach a resolution…angry action and words alone will not lead to anything substantial.

    What can the NFL do right now than voice support for equality?

  4. So 100 million isn’t working towards change? What does this guy expect the NFL to do?
    They aren’t the ones looting and burning down local businesses and beating people in the streets. This guy should talk to those people because from where I’m sitting —100 Million towards programs to raise social awareness is much more than anyone else is doing.
    Tired of the lies. The source of the big problem right now is happening at night time in liberal cities across this country.

  5. Of course EK is correct. Goodall is offering nothing, as usual. Goodall’s only concern is the health of the NFL… Players are just tools to him to be used until they are used up for the good of the NFL & its owners… Goodall has never demonstrated any social empathy… He never will.

  6. I agree with Kendricks here. When will PR people learn that canned / disingenuous sounding phrases or statements don’t really resonate with people. “We want answers” is about as vague and uninspiring as “We condemn X actions and stand with _____. We also send out thoughts and prayers to _____.” How about something a bit more human?

  7. The NFL should responsible for changing the behavior of the police?

    I always considered that a political challenge, and the route to best accomplish this is through the courts and the vote. Contribute your time and money to a political alliance where this is a platform for the candidate.

    But its easier to write a scathing insult to a sports league through social media that has given you a $50 million contract living off of its success.

  8. I thought the NFL solved all the racism problems when they cut that sweet, sweet deal with Jay-Z.

  9. I dont like going down this road. This is the exact reason that a lot of people havent made a statement. Referring to the story earlier today where PFT thinks all the coaches and GMs need to make a statement, and their silence is deafening. This response by Kendricks is exactly why making a statement is potentially a bad idea. To summarize, Mr Kendricks believes the NFL needs to make a statement, a strong statement, a specific statement, oh and one last thing, he has to agree with it.

  10. Why is it incumbent on the NFL to do anything? That’s like asking Wal-Mart to get involved.

  11. They should make a law where killing a black person is illegal. Matter of fact it should be extra illegal to kill a black person if you aren’t black too. Seriously though I’m for the movement but it comes down to the decisions of individuals. These companies and organizations that we see making statements are just placating for our money.

  12. The NFL’s PR message says and accomplishes nothing, as opposed to the strong, “can do” attitude blackout Tuesday and other Facebook gimmicks bring out. 🙄

  13. Eaglehaslanded !!! says:
    June 2, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    RIOTS ARE THE VOICE OF THOSE WHO ARE NOT HEARD!!!
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    ************************************************************
    How about this (apparently contradictory)quote;

    REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. (speech):
    Now what I’m saying is this: I would like for all of us to believe in non-violence, but I’m here to say tonight that if every Negro in the United States turns against non-violence, I’m going to stand up as a lone voice and say, “This is the wrong way!”

  14. And that is exactly why you shouldnt say anything. Damned if you do. Damned if you dont. Personally, i dont understand why any sports teams are making statements. it isnt the proper place to do so. It needs to be said by the root of the problem. And that problem is not sports.

  15. All of these disgusted players with the NFL, but you work for the NFL.

    No NFL for me.

  16. This is America. You are given an opportunity to be what you want to be. That’s all. Nothing is guaranteed or free. Everyone has to earn what they get, except the few that inherit Daddy’s money.

    So go to school and STUDY. After high school go to college or to a tech school and learn a trade. Otherwise be prepared to work a menial job for a menial salary. Most smart people do well. Most people who work hard do well. It’s not that hard to figure out.

  17. Eric,
    I see you are disgruntled with the company that employs you. Why not look for other employment then?

  18. I get the frustration from Kendricks and everyone else, but people need to realize something: this isn’t about changing the behavior of the police, it is about making sure prospective police officers are properly screened and evaluated prior to being hired so that the bad apples like those that killed George Floyd don’t fall through the cracks. Some people don’t have the temperament to be officers, and there needs to be a better screening process.

    It would also help if the rest of society would at least acknowledge that the vast majority of police officers do good work, work the rest of us would rather not do because we wouldn’t want the danger or pay-cut involved.

    Effective change is not going to happen until the police and the community come to a mutual understanding that they actually want the same thing: a safe place to live free of crime and free of fear of the police. Can the NFL take a lead role in this? No, but they can take a supportive role, and I hope they do.

    That said, expecting anyone other than the entities involved (police and community/local political leaders) to take the lead is not only unreasonable, but removes the responsibility from the parties involved. Both sides will only get together if pushed by the rest of us, so lets start pushing; I hope the NFL joins in.

  19. It has been the message they have heard for far too long. We need institutional change and have for many years.

  20. So, if the NFL is silent they, are wrong. If the NFL says something, they are wrong.

  21. The guy who did this was charged with murder. What more do people want? I guess the 93% of blacks killed by other blacks is fine as long as we prevent the 1 or 2 by cops that unfortunately happen every year or two.

    They complained in Baltimore about the police tactics and so the police backed off and guess what, crime went up and black on black deaths spiraled out of control.

    Maybe if they spend half as much time protesting and instead focused on teaching people who to interact with police fewer people would die. It doesn’t matter what your color is, if you do not comply with a police order it is not going to end well.

  22. Yes, they will play this year. NASCAR is racing, and we are a copycat nation. All the other sports will be back soon.

    Now it won’t be real football. But it’s not been real football for quite a number of years, and who’s counting.

  23. Let’s say you’re right Mr. Kendrick’s, now to show us you really believe the NFL needs to do more and your outrage, resign your job out of protest. Otherwise, your hypocrisy shows through as you have no problem cashing a cheque from them.

    Suggesting the NFL has a heightened responsibility beyond denouncing racial violence because they employ a lot of black athletes is a verrrrry interesting point of view…

  24. I hope everyone who lauds MLK’s non violence remembers he was killed 52 years ago trying to improve lives, and this is where we are.

  25. ForWhomTheBellTrolls says:
    June 2, 2020 at 1:02 pm
    LOL what is Goodell supposed to do, put on a mask and start burning buildings?

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    The majority of the protests have been peaceful demonstrations…the people looting and destroying property are out for their own agendas, many of them want to hijack the message and distract from the main issue here which is another murder of an unarmed black man at the hands of the police. Watch TV…most of the offenders looting or inciting violence are young white males. Too many people want to conveniently ignore why this is happening and simply point to the looting/property damage, which is an outlier that will not last…but the real problem will still be here long after those cities return to normal…and getting real, long term change is what the real message is…

  26. Kendricks, two weeks ago, was actively involved in raising money to help Covid19 victims. That’s commendable. I haven’t found examples in the press yet of him doing anything for the current issue, but I’m sure he is active or he wouldn’t call out the NFL as if he was alone.

    I support his intent to call for support in helping to correct illegal, police abuse against minorities. His premise is mistaken in that the NFL has put considerable funding and coordination efforts towards the issue. Perhaps more can be done, but to call them out as if they are ignoring societally important causes is just wrong.

    There is so much hate on all sides that the answers are going to be hard to find. Stay safe everyone. From Covid19, from rioting, from badge heavy, raciest police officers and from over zealous protestors.

  27. 2ruefan says:
    June 2, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Eaglehaslanded !!! says:
    June 2, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    RIOTS ARE THE VOICE OF THOSE WHO ARE NOT HEARD!!!
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    ************************************************************
    How about this (apparently contradictory)quote;

    REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. (speech):
    Now what I’m saying is this: I would like for all of us to believe in non-violence, but I’m here to say tonight that if every Negro in the United States turns against non-violence, I’m going to stand up as a lone voice and say, “This is the wrong way!”

    ———————————————————————————-
    How about understanding context. Dr. King was not advocating violence he was stating that violence comes about when people for too long are not heard and their human rights and needs are ignored/not addressed by the powers that be. So when you attempt to say I don’t get it…read the quote again…think about the Boston Tea Party..that was violence due to taxation without representation. That riot also gave birth to the revolutionary war.

  28. I would guess that more than 50% of the league is black, they’ve donated how many millions of dollars toward many different agendas involving all races and causes, and they give how many chances to people with drug and other issues. I don’t care the color. This might all stop when we all see each other as people and not a color.

    Cops should be cops not black or white cops, politicians should be leaders and make change but they don’t, parents need to educate and teach, celebrities and sports personalities need to be better role models.

    Come on, I get that this is a color thing. We are always going to have different colors, so let’s just call each other people. And if you want respect then give respect. Work hard on educating and turning over the politicians that aren’t doing what they said they would do.

  29. Players have a lot of power and should put it to good use instead of telling /waiting for someone else to do something. The death of George Floyd was preventable and should never have happened. This was not a split second decision shooting where an officer fired his weapon in a dark alley. Former Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd’s neck and killed him.
    Derek Chauvin apparently had a long history of complaints (18) against him and probably should have been fired long before he killed George Floyd. Why didn’t this happen ?
    A group of players could easily get a meeting with The Mayor, City Council or the Chief of Police. For starters, in light of the Floyd killing they can ask the people in charge of the cities to do a top to bottom review of all of the police officers . Find the officers with multiple valid complaints and take corrective action, either with additional training or termination. This is a starting point. Maybe some ride alongs with Officers . Ask them how they think the problems can be solved. Very easy to demand someone else do something.
    Players have a lot of free time in the off season and they could do a lot to help.

  30. Talk is cheap. True. But WHAT do you want? Do you want no police officers? Do you want a new set of laws specifically for black people? Do you want all white people to take courses about how racist they all are? Reparations? Do you want cookies?

    Instead of complaining talk is cheap, provide some substance, because in the end, people that say “we need to do something” or “you’re not doing enough,” etc. are not doing anything themselves.

  31. And reactions such as THIS are just one reason why some people who are unbiased and well-intentioned and would otherwise be allies for the cause might remain silent. Sometimes silence just means people don’t want to deal with knee-jerk emotional backlash undeservedly…

  32. Your SO right fwippel. I once was in enforcement and failed as a career. Not because I was prejudiced. but because I didn’t have the proper temperament to do it.totally my fault.

  33. Eaglehaslanded !!! says:
    June 2, 2020 at 2:34 pm
    2ruefan says:
    June 2, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Eaglehaslanded !!! says:
    June 2, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    RIOTS ARE THE VOICE OF THOSE WHO ARE NOT HEARD!!!
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    ************************************************************
    How about this (apparently contradictory)quote;

    REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. (speech):
    Now what I’m saying is this: I would like for all of us to believe in non-violence, but I’m here to say tonight that if every Negro in the United States turns against non-violence, I’m going to stand up as a lone voice and say, “This is the wrong way!”

    ———————————————————————————-
    How about understanding context. Dr. King was not advocating violence he was stating that violence comes about when people for too long are not heard and their human rights and needs are ignored/not addressed by the powers that be. So when you attempt to say I don’t get it…read the quote again…think about the Boston Tea Party..that was violence due to taxation without representation. That riot also gave birth to the revolutionary war.

    ________________

    There was no violence… it was a protest, not a riot.

  34. arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    June 2, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Derek Chauvin apparently had a long history of complaints (18) against him and probably should have been fired long before he killed George Floyd. Why didn’t this happen ?
    A group of players could easily get a meeting with The Mayor, City Council or the Chief of Police.
    ________________________________________________________________________
    ________________________________________________________________________

    I’m not expert but I’ve read of lot of these issues has to do with how strong the police unions are – its similar to the NFLPA coming to the defense of the slimiest of criminal NFL players.

    Do you really want to set the standard of celebrities and professional athletes having control over politicians/law makers?

  35. To those criticizing looters: What’s worse, the few $million being looted that we’re presently seeing in the streets, or the $billions we’ve seen during the pandemic being looted from the treasury by the oligarchs, thanks to their political minions?

  36. There’s only so much tax money to go around, so how about donating some money to police departments so they can pay their officers enough to attract a higher quality of candidate? So they can develop better selection and training systems? That will go a lot further than “social awareness” programs.

  37. “You can’t bring in people to teach us how we should interact with police but not work towards changing the behavior of the police themselves. Silence will not make this go away.”

    Change your own behavior, so that you don’t have to interact with police. They’re not hunting you.

  38. I didn’t see this blowhard taking a knee with Kaep. He should keep his big trap shut, and go help clean up the rubble in the streets.

  39. The NFL could help organize and promote players past and present talking about race in constructive ways that help bridge the gap in trust and understanding, and that also appeal to the different segments of the NFL audience.

    NFL players, black and white, work together for a common purpose in their daily professional lives in ways that not so many NFL viewers do. I suspect there are some real world examples that could communicated that would help break some stereotypes and prejudices.

  40. How about getting the crime rate down. Maybe that is why people are shall we say, social distancing.

  41. As a society we have come so far and we still have miles to go. The unfortunate part is a few bad apples who make horrific decisions set back the progress we have made. All this comes down to individuals choosing to live their lives the right way. It has nothing to do with institutions like the NFL.

  42. And what is EK actually doing? Complaining that someone else isn’t doing enough. Expecting someone else to fix the issue. Guilt isn’t a game plan.

  43. To all the people commenting in here. Let’s make money like Eric first before you start to judge his comments. NFL did have problems like Kaepernick situation as well that’s why he says what he said.

  44. Just a question. Since Kaep took his knee how many hours Mr. Kendricks have you put in helping these at risk communities…for that matter how many in total hour have all the NFL players put in educating the youth and fighting for police reform?

    Or is this just a case of a hot topic that will get plenty of lip service and no action until the next up roar…then rinse & repeat!

  45. Goodall’s only concern is the health of the NFL
    =======================

    Such a crazy idea, considering he’s the commissioner of the league.

  46. If he wants concrete actions he should go speak to former Seahawk wife receiver Doug Baldwin. A few years ago Doug Baldwin took the lead on the exact type of thing (turning the discussion into meaningful actions) and since then has led a very strong plan of actions that continue to this day. I realize Kendricks is looking to the NFL for actions, and he should, but he could also do a LOT to lead this kind of effort in his own community and Baldwin has a damn good recipe.

  47. I think the NFL can be used as a platform and families like the MdCaskey’s of the Bears have ALWAYS been phenomenal leaders.

    However; even as an African American; I don’t believe that the NFL has a responsibility here; other than not supporting fantasists and racists! That include ALL club owners!

    My horrible Redskins’s owner, Dan Snyder, donated to trumo!

  48. citizenstrange says:
    June 2, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    I thought the NFL solved all the racism problems when they cut that sweet, sweet deal with Jay-Z.
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    Do you mean as in “it will never be enough?” Let’s get rid of all PD’s and then we will all get along, right? SMH

  49. BuckyBadger says:
    June 2, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    It has been the message they have heard for far too long. We need institutional change and have for many years.
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    Just what does ” institutional change” look like. All police letting anybody do anything they want without ramifications. Just a complete free for all do it? Will that make everyone happy for the week or so they are still alive after the deaths start due to no more threat against it? Is that the end goal? The only acceptable answer to some folks? SMH again.

  50. Without the NFL, Kendricks would be selling hot dogs somewhere. Maybe he should appreciate the league.

  51. Shut up! If you have not walked a mile in MY shoes, please be quiet. Check yourself early and often if you can’t see that once again we’re not dealing with the real issue. Stop killing unarmed black people. Period.

  52. This is exactly why Kendrick speaks up. So just because you get hired by someone, you’re going to let that person step on you? Shut your mouth.

  53. How to interact with police? Easy do what the hell you are told , yes sir no sir and thank you very much I bet no one of any race ever got hurt doing that!

  54. People criticizing Kendricks here have no idea what he does in the community.

  55. The NFL does not have THE answer as no one, or can. Racism amongst those empowered as supposed enforcers of rights and the law is the problem that cannot be answered by one employer alone. Those who do the hiring of these individuals must find a way to drive this out of their work force. I’m sure every one of these people has had all the mandatory training year after year but classrooms and videos are just balms, they do nothing when there’s an actual confrontation. Perhaps hiring only after they go before a multi racial panel that will give feedback on that individual as to whether or not they can detect racism but that’s really another guessing game. These police usually are out in there jurisdiction talking to and interacting on a daily basis as to establish communication. This problem crosses all races and has happened amongst one’s own race. Too many stimulants in these individual’s, too many bullies with a baton, bracelets, or a gun. I know, you never can tell what will happen in a confrontation and you go out there trying to protect the general public, but let’s get real. Figure it out police force, that’s what you’re paid to do.

  56. I’m sorry Eric but you sound like part of the problem now. It can’t be someone else’s job to make us better people. Not even the NFL. We need to look inside and try to live up to our lofty ideals. We need to ask uncomfortable questions of every candidate running for every office and not give up until we actually get the answers and support candidates who will help champion everyone’s rights. We can all do that. We can demand they reform police departments and any agency that isn’t holding every member accountable to respect the rights of every person or not vote for those candidates. We have to stop supporting candidates who are worried stock portfolios and not human rights. And finally we can each decide to be an example to others of how to see people, not races. I can do that without the NFL. But the NFL can’t do it without us.

  57. I can’t wait for those antifa fellas to start in on suburbia. Marshal Law will be in effect & their members will have to rethink their cause.

  58. eiseman says:
    June 2, 2020 at 5:35 pm
    How to interact with police? Easy do what the hell you are told , yes sir no sir and thank you very much I bet no one of any race ever got hurt doing that
    _____________

    I bet I can guess what skin color you are NOT…

  59. WRONG bkinaction just another person generalizing a total race! That is TOO sad, just assume and promote the propaganda! You should have just asked!

  60. Comparing the Boston Tea Party to the looting going on now is just dumb. The tea in question was owned by the East India Company, the most powerful company in Great Britain at the time. They were essentially a government-sponsored company. They had carte blanche to set their own prices, weather they were fair, or not. When the Patriots threw the tea in the harbor, it was a statement against the government of Great Britain.

    When all these mom and pop stores, and even Target and Best Buy and other large stores like that are being looted and destroyed, that’s not a statement I aimed at the government. That is raw criminality. A black man is murdered by a white police officer, and you think it’s okay for people to start stealing large screen televisions? I cannot begin to imagine the lack of thought and common sense that goes into that argument.

  61. What exactly is Eric’s plan? He’s happy to take the paycheck, be a celebrity. What are his planned actions? Kneeling? Calling out the league?

  62. This issue starts and ends with racial profiling. This is done by not only the law enforcement agencies across this great nation, but also by its citizens of all color. We should all be considered innocent, law abiding citizens until proven otherwise. As it stands right now, if a black man walks down a suburban street he stands the risk of being subject to questions by law enforcement. If a white man walks down a street in a black neighborhood, he is usually questioned as why he is there. The change needs to start at the state government level. Each state needs to have a plan for hiring government officials and law enforcement personnel that are not racist or racially bias. This plan needs to be submitted to and governed by the Federal Department of Justice. If a state is found not to comply with upholding their own Federally approved plan, then they would be subject to losing any Federal funding that they normally receive. This would put the onus of racial profiling on each individual state where it belongs. This is not and should not be a Republican vs Democrat issue, it should be a civil rights issue. By each state owning it in their own states, it will take the political part out of the equation.

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