Mike Zimmer: Peaceful protests can help bring change, and we need change

Getty Images

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer issued a statement Tuesday, addressing George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on May 25 that set off racial unrest around the nation.

“I want to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd as well as the entire community for his senseless death,” Zimmer wrote. “Peaceful protests can help bring change, and we definitely need change, so we can all live in harmony. Everyone needs to respect each other’s ideas and work together to strengthen, not weaken, our community. I believe our football team is an example of how people from all different backgrounds and experiences can come together for a common goal.”

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins previously released a statement, and Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks said the team is discussing concrete steps it can take.

Kendricks also called out the NFL on Tuesday, saying, “Your statement said nothing.”

10 responses to “Mike Zimmer: Peaceful protests can help bring change, and we need change

  1. Maybe kneeling before the game could be an effective call for change?
    But then the league would have to accept less money because other people would have their feelings hurt.
    Taking a stand can hurt. Ask Colin.

  2. Teams work well together because it’s a meritocracy and they all make decent money. The rest of society isn’t that lucky.

  3. No. Kneeling does NOTHING. Accept ENFLAME anger by suggesting the American flag STANDS For bigotry. Which it does not.
    If you truly feel it does you can live elsewhere.
    That is not any kind of “call for change”.

    It’s a call for “look at me”

  4. Kendricks also called out the NFL on Tuesday, saying, “Your statement said nothing.”

    This statement speaks volumes when Mike Florio demands to know why coaches aren’t being more vocal.
    I’ve seen numerous examples of celebrities and such being shouted down for hypocrisy and not wording their message properly enough for simply trying to show solidarity with minorities in this growing situation.
    So, quite honestly, I don’t blame people for staying out of the fray.

    As for, Mike Zimmer and his statements today, with all do respect, peaceful protests simply equates to more talk that accomplishes nothing.

    In the end, racism exists and will continue to. Forever.
    Not just here in America, but everywhere, whether it’s as simple as black vs. white or along tribal and other ethnic lines.
    You can’t legislate against thought and opinions, not in a free society.
    What needs to be done, concrete answers, is far more complex.

    Yes, prosecuting human right abusers is a start and should always be a course of action, but that’s just a reactionary band aide after the fact.
    Like minded individuals need to organize, mobilize, and root out the problem areas wherever they exist.
    Identifying local government and police agencies where these problems exist, informing constituents with clear examples and a uniformed message, elevating viable candidates to run against them and using your votes come election time.
    Without everyday citizens using their God given right to vote themselves into a better situation, this problem will always exist.
    Trust me, the people in power are willing to bet their resolve is stronger than yours.
    Don’t let it be so.

    Also funneling discretionary income away from companies who don’t view your particular world order is another significant way to effect change.
    Racist or not, everybody prefers the color green.

    This is a situation that has no end, there simply are no quick fixes.
    Everybody needs to use the tools at hand, the ones that have been at our disposal since our forefathers drafted the framework of this nation.
    Or we can just talk about it some more.

  5. defscottyb says:
    June 2, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Wonderful, nobody cares what he thinks.
    ___________

    He knows that, but he was getting ripped by this site for not saying anything. He can’t win.

  6. I get it. The demographics feel the urge to use their platform.
    The nfl should stick to playing the game though.
    Politicizing the game is a turn-off for people who need normalization in the states & will bring about loss in viewership.
    Please don’t be hollywood.

  7. Yes we need change. We need to separate the protesters from paid rioters (terrorists) and need to teach those about respecting other innocent people’s property..

  8. Not one time in world history,not one time in American history has peaceful protest changed anything.Coach did not pass history

  9. 2ruefan says:
    June 2, 2020 at 6:25 pm
    No. Kneeling does NOTHING. Accept ENFLAME anger by suggesting the American flag STANDS For bigotry. Which it does not.
    If you truly feel it does you can live elsewhere.
    That is not any kind of “call for change”.

    It’s a call for “look at me”
    —————————-
    Nope! Not even close. It says “Look at my cause.” Hes saying he wont stand for a flag of a nation that continues to allow this to happen to its people.

    YOU should be ashamed. Youd rather have everyone do nothing. You would have the nation stay the same. Kneeling says we would have the nation be better. It’s time to stop saying were the greatest and actually do something to BE the greatest.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.