Goodell says NFL will “continue to focus on our work” amid Trump criticism

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As NFL players renew their protests against police brutality, President Trump will renew his criticism of kneeling during the national anthem. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league can’t allow that criticism to cause it to lose focus.

Goodell said on ESPN that he isn’t going to answer to every tweet from Trump, but he will support players who are speaking out for social justice.

“I can’t answer that but I can tell you that we’re going to continue to focus on our work, the things we’re doing in our communities to make them better,” he said, via MassLive.com. “Working with our players, working with our teams and working with community leaders to try to effectuate the change that we all know is necessary today.”

The NFL was clearly taken aback by Trump’s harsh criticism when the national anthem issue first exploded, but at this point the league’s best bet is simply to ignore Trump’s tweets and focus on its own work.

41 responses to “Goodell says NFL will “continue to focus on our work” amid Trump criticism

  1. When I was young all our Presidents served in the Military some even exceptional hero’s (JFK and the PT-109 . (Although Trump would most likely say I like hero’s who don’t get their boat cut in two similar to what he did with Senator McCain) . It would be so much easier for me If every president starting with Clinton and ending with Trump didn’t have some shady Draft dodger or Reserve shirker tag including this candidate Biden. How can you lecture on patriotism when you don’t serve when called. The Hypocrisy is staggering.

  2. Goodell and the NFL can’t think that ignoring Trump is the answer. That won’t work. The NFL/Goodell must answer in the affirmative in a strong way.(If we don’t test,there will be no cases)

    Silence is complicity. The NFL should apologize to Colin Kaepernick and do the right thing moving forward. Trump divisiveness, be damned!

    #ETTD

  3. This doesn’t have to be social justice vs the flag. Goodell should Institute a 4-5 minute period before the Anthem to be used for social justice awareness. I can envision the inclusion of players, owners, special guests and fans putting together weekly videos or presentations designed to inform, educate and encourage change. THEN, all should stand for the Anthem and be thankful for the GOOD that this country of OURS has to offer.

  4. Protest any other time fine. WHY during flag Anthem.

    Former police officer, former Viet Nam Vet. I am more offended

    as a vet than a cop. Every group has bad people that have to be

    weeded out. When you do it during anthem I think of all that died

    near me during 66 and 67.

  5. If they had ignored Trumps tweets the first time this wouldn’t be an issue. The man loves to find anything that divides people and drive a wedge the size of the grand canyon through it and it has nothing to do with his beliefs. It is how he distracts people from the real issues.

  6. Goodell reportedly looks at himself long and hard in the mirror in the mornings and says, “And I am good at my work!”

  7. The NFL is supposed to be a sport that provides football fans an opportunity to be entertained. This league wasn’t formed to be an extension of any political party, and I for one don’t care who any player voted for, or who any owner supports or donates too. Thats THEIR right and THEIR business. Now let’s get back to who is going to be starting at right tackle, and leave the other stuff where it belongs. If I want to be annoyed and dragged into a political discussion I’ll attend a political rally I came to watch football thats it!!

  8. The NFL needs to ignore the mumbling of the moron and keep their players, staff and fans safe.

  9. Coupled with the work to end racism, it would great to see work toward messages of warmth, positive growth and unity with patriotic people who fervently support the flag and the United States as a country – even with its imperfections. The NFL is uniquely positioned to support of policy of unity and togetherness among all Americans regardless of race creed or color. The country needs it right now. The NFL needs it right now.

  10. When all concessions and rest rooms are closed in ample time for all fans to return to their seats to “properly” render honors to the National Anthem, and gates closed so fans are not in the concourses heading to their seats and the anthem played in the external speakers for late comers and tailgaters, that’s when I might begin to care if players kneel, stay in the locker room, whatever. This faux outrage over players’ means of peaceful protest should end.

  11. Getting criticized by Trump means you’re doing something right. The guy is a menace.

  12. Since when does a business call the shots of our government. If the commisioner thinks he is the leader of this country, he’s sadly mistaken. I am a lifelong NFL fan, to the extent of people calling me a diehard in regards to my love of it. I will no longer support, nor participate as a fan, after my 60 years as a fan, and will encourage everyone to consider their support for the NFL.
    This is a sport, and if you want to have a social issue agenda; have it on your own time. Take your multi-million dollar salary Roger, and try to run something else into the ground. I think your very good at it !!

  13. I think ignoring Trump tweets and focusing on your own work is great advice for pretty much everyone.

  14. I stand with Trump. Most do. It’s us, the silent party that always wins. So keep whining. We will keep winning.

  15. The NFL can certainly do what it wants. So can the consumer.

    Let’s see what happens when the ratings go down (they will) and revenue declines.

  16. Find something else to do on Sundays! The NFL is done. Todays suggestion, go on a hike.

  17. When its a 5 time draft dodging coward from a family of cowards who loathes the military whining about the kneeling, I’ll happily kneel with the players.

    Systemic police brutality has been exposed thoroughly during the recent protests with hundreds of incidents of further police brutality documented on video.

  18. You better focus on your work, you have little to show for your tenure other than inconsistency, spinelessness, and being 100% weasel.

  19. When the president doesn’t have anything better to do than bully people.

    Thumbs up to the kneelers, we love and support you.

  20. kneeling is worthless. action is meaningful. The problem with US today is we all focus stupid gestures more than the cause. what’s the cause again?

  21. It’s easy to stand and convince yourself you’re a great patriot, it’s hard to do the right thing.

  22. The NFL and the country are figuring out, at roughly the same, that Trump has nothing substantive to offer and should be ignored. His tired schtick consists of screeching and name calling, all in an attempt to try to draw attention to himself. Once you understand Trump is nothing more than a obnoxious, loud, carnival barker, and just walk past him, you can begin to cope with him as President (to a degree.)

  23. Is this the same Trump that argued with a moderator during the debates that “stop and frisk” should be constitutional. Plenty of people on here won’t understand the danger that took place in that one moment but yeah we have players kneeling and if you ask me trump is the one to blame. You don’t get credit for an economy but no credit for the state of the country that you helped create. I should be able to criticize Trump just like he criticizes Goddell. Amendment 1 grants me that right. I’ve probably upset a few snowflakes now.

  24. Trump’s going to show the NFL how to fill a stadium in a few days.

    Take a look at that, NFL, before you decide to kneel. Because when the money dries up, so does the cap space, and you’ll become very familiar with the term “non-essential.”

  25. Kill two birds with one stone (position)… fire Goodell and give his job to Kaepernick.

  26. Trump has had it in for the NFL since they wouldn’t allow him to buy the Colts, and then the debacle with the USFL. Rozelle knew a fraud when he saw one.

  27. From Day 1, owner’s and coaches should have said. Nope isn’t going to happen you’re at our place of business- that would be equal to everyone else in the world. Equality and simplicity.

  28. sungateman says:
    June 16, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Since when does a business call the shots of our government. If the commisioner thinks he is the leader of this country, he’s sadly mistaken. I am a lifelong NFL fan, to the extent of people calling me a diehard in regards to my love of it. I will no longer support, nor participate as a fan, after my 60 years as a fan, and will encourage everyone to consider their support for the NFL.
    This is a sport, and if you want to have a social issue agenda; have it on your own time. Take your multi-million dollar salary Roger, and try to run something else into the ground. I think your very good at it !!

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    The NFL, frankly, is doing great.

    You show as good business judgment as …. Trump.

    Don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out.

  29. Aloha,
    NFL Big Stars (see “What if it was me’ video) and JAGs and many coaches and some NFL owners are aligning for change concerning social justice (i.e.equal justice under the law) .

    Some NFL owners seem to be struggling with how they can come to terms inside themselves about their personal political preferences in general, and their growing understanding of the life experiences of their players.

    I saw that Bill Beliceak(sp) had civil rights advocates speak to the Pats. I don’t recall who the speaker was.

    Just curious, was the new Pats coach hire aligned with the goals of the players?

    Equal treatment under the contract $ rights or legal rights of the players is necessary for the existence of the NFL.
    Just as equal justice under the law is an aspirational requirement of America’s legal system.

  30. Since when does someone have to serve in the military in order to love their country and be patriotic? Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, William Howard Taft, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and a bunch of other people never served. Why is it such a problem now with Trump?

  31. Trump is the most divisive president in the history of the usa. His biggest failure is his inability to bring us all together. It’s almost as though this is how he likes it.

  32. progressiveshatethetruth says:
    June 16, 2020 at 5:01 pm
    Since when does someone have to serve in the military in order to love their country and be patriotic? Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, William Howard Taft, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and a bunch of other people never served. Why is it such a problem now with Trump?

    ———————————————
    No one cares if he served, they care because he’s a chicken hawk draft dodger that acts like he’s God’s gift to the military and has no issues saying awful things about those that did serve if it serves his narrative, but he does know more than all the generals put together, he said so himself.

  33. Can we just play football and not care about this crap? Football is supposed to be an escape of real life junk. I don’t want to see this ugliness in my entertainment on the weekends as well. Got it, we need to make changes so everyone is treated fairly and with respect, now lets play football and quit carrying on about race.

  34. There is going to come a time where the fan’s are going to turn there backs on all pro sports fronts. We are tired of hearing about how much money they should be making how they are treated by the fans and there constant whining. Lose the fan’s and the merchandise sale the crybaby’s players will be slinging burgers and fries at Burger King

  35. niners816 says:
    June 16, 2020 at 9:02 am
    I stand with Trump. Most do. It’s us, the silent party that always wins. So keep whining. We will keep winning.
    —————

    Keep winning, That’s so funny.

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