NFL releases new statement: We can and need to do more

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The NFL has released a new statement via its instagram account on Thursday night pledging a commitment to its players in their efforts to address systemic racism and change.

“This is a time of self-reflection for all – the NFL is no exception,” the NFL said in a posting to their instagram account. “We stand with the black community because Black Lives Matter. Through Inspire Change, the NFL, Players and our partners have supported programs and initiatives throughout the country to address systemic racism. We will continue using our platform to challenge the injustice around us. To date we have donated $44 million to support hundreds of worthy organizations. This year, we are committing an additional $20 million to these causes and we will accelerate efforts to highlight their critical work. We know that we can and need to do more.”

A collection of the NFL’s star black players released a pointed message on Thursday night imploring the NFL to follow through on those statements of support.

The group, which included Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Tyrann Mathieu, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley and many more, asked the league for their support in the fight against racism and systemic oppression, the silencing of protest stances that had come previously and a statement that supported Black Lives Matter.

With NFL teams releasing varying statements condemning the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and pledging to listen, learn and do more in the wake of social injustice, the players now appear intent on making sure the league and its teams now walk the walk as well so the statements aren’t reduced to empty gestures. The NFL isn’t going to overturn the four years of leaving Colin Kaepernick unsigned or forcing protest-minded players to remain in the locker room for the national anthem overnight. But they did acknowledge the systemic racial issues the black community is faced with and pledged that Black Lives Matter.

25 responses to “NFL releases new statement: We can and need to do more

  1. No way NFL owners agreed to this statement in that short of time. Blanket/ means nothing statement. Let’s see some actions to backup words.

  2. Damage control. Whatever. You had an opportunity to lead and you chose not to. For the wrong reason.

  3. Just tell me if you’re going to make or allow kneeling during the Anthem, because if you are I won’t be watching, this nonsense is out of control.

  4. The NFL was never against peaceful protests, only the manner in which they were doing it in regards to the anthem. The NFL releasing a statement or any other gesture acquiescencing to, or even encouraging peaceful protests by NFL players prior to its games will not have any effect on police violence towards minorities which is the issue here.

    Attacking the NFL like they’re somehow socially responsible because many of their athletes are black is not true. They are responsible for their own business and how it is handled with respect to racism in their work environments.

  5. Just tell me if you’re going to make or allow kneeling during the Anthem, because if you are I won’t be watching, this nonsense is out of control.

    Well get ready. I guarantee every team will be kneeling week one.

  6. This beyond looking for empathy and solidarity. Its now a mob cult that demands absolute group think. The teams may as well just turn everything over to the players who are making these demands because they now call all the PR shots. Playing is not the main goal here.

    As for Drew, at 41, he does not need this. Take the teammates at their word and say I lost your confidence and retire. Let them call Colin K to lead them to a Super Bowl.

  7. Jerry Jones and a number of other owners were extremely outspoken about kneeling. Lets hear from them. History will not be kind to the NFL on this issue.

  8. as another put it,

    Racism is so American, that when you protest it, people think you are protesting America. Let that sink in.

  9. If the NFL is going to devolve into a social justice activism organization, I’m going to have a serious problem with it.

  10. kboy20 says:
    June 5, 2020 at 9:52 am

    This beyond looking for empathy and solidarity. Its now a mob cult that demands absolute group think. The teams may as well just turn everything over to the players who are making these demands because they now call all the PR shots. Playing is not the main goal here.

    As for Drew, at 41, he does not need this. Take the teammates at their word and say I lost your confidence and retire. Let them call Colin K to lead them to a Super Bowl.
    ____________________________

    THIS is a great, honest post from a white man’s point of view. You took a lot of words out of my mouth, my friend.

  11. If they kneel, I’m officially done. You can protest bad cops and racism without kneeling to the flag during the national anthem. It’s the one time we are all supposed to be united.

  12. Just when my life long favorite team has the best qb in the league and wins the super bowl, all of this happens. I can’t root for a team or watch a league where these things are happening. Will have to find a new sport or league to watch.

  13. I wonder when people will move beyond raising awareness?

  14. The ultimate “More” would be no anthem, no military, no flag , no flyovers and for certain no police.

  15. From what I’ve read, for some time now but, especially the last few days what is clear about the NFL is they have a bigger problem with their fan base than they do with league wide discrimination in team or league offices.
    A lot of people commenting here that they won’t watch or follow the NFL if there’s keeling, I hope they follow through. The NHL is waiting for you.

  16. dezno24 says:
    June 5, 2020 at 11:07 am
    Start by getting Kaep his job back as a QB in the league.
    _____________
    He had a job.
    He walked away from it.

  17. “Oh, and as soon as we can figure out how to properly market it and make more money off it we will take action.”

  18. What does throwing a bunch of money at this do? My wife who works for a very large insurance company has been on the phone all week listening to her black employees tell story after story of acts of racism in their lives. She said people have been crying and listening and trying to understand where POC are coming from and what we can do. This isn’t a time to post hashtags and say I’m gonna spend money or post a black box on your instagram account. It’s time to LISTEN to the black community and try to understand where they are coming from so we can teach out kids a better kinder way to see no race at all, no color at all…just human beings.

  19. Why are you all so triggered by the kneeling during the anthem. There’s a huge difference between patriotism and idol worship. There are many veterans and active service members who support the protests. You obviously wouldn’t care about racism and police brutality even if the players just made comments about it on social media. Your responses of “all lives matter” is such a cop out. No one said all lives don’t matter. It’s that black people feel discriminated against by law enforcement. I’m sure you all have political conversations at work or with your families. Maybe even harsh disagreements. Why are athletes supposed to be any different?

  20. jaytee says:

    Why are you all so triggered by the kneeling during the anthem
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    Because football is my escape from all this craziness. I want to tune it out…its too much. My personal choice. So if its in NFL. See ya later NFL.

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