Speaking in Buffalo, Roger Goodell seeks “long-lasting changes that will hopefully prevent this in the future”

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A day after the Bills organization visited Buffalo’s East Side neighborhood to show support for a community devastated by racially-motivated mass killings at a grocery story, other NFL figures showed up.

The contingent included the Commissioner.

“I have a personal connection to this community because it really is my home,” Goodell said, via ESPN.com. “I think we wanted to make sure people here knew they weren’t alone, that we were all supportive over them and how proud we are of the way they’re responding. The thing that gave me the most comfort was talking to the individuals. We all know we have a tragic circumstance here, 10 victims, but there are a lot of other people here really hurting. We just want them to know that all of us are standing behind them and we’re all gonna do whatever we can to support them.”

Goodell, who along with his wife donated $50,000 to the Bills Social Justice Fund, also expressed an aspiration for “long-lasting changes that will hopefully prevent this in the future.”

That’s good. That’s smart. It’s far better to prevent these tragedies than to respond to them. As we’ve mentioned a couple of times since last Saturday, Goodell is in a unique position to express loud displeasure to a broadcast partner whose news division gives mainstream credibility to the racist and anti-Semitic theory that white Americans are systematically being replaced by minorities.

Given the various things about which the NFL does not hesitate to complain to its partners (including ESPN’s Playmakers show), why wouldn’t the league make its strong disagreement known when it comes to something like this? Assuming, that is, that the league does indeed strongly disagree with the replacement-theory rhetoric emanating from the news division of one of its broadcast partners. Hopefully, the league does.

31 responses to “Speaking in Buffalo, Roger Goodell seeks “long-lasting changes that will hopefully prevent this in the future”

  1. They won’t say anything because they will lose a substantial portion of their audience. It’d be like the anthem ‘controversy’, but compressed into a 6 week timeline.

  2. buffalobillcody: The comparison of the gun violence in Chicago, often between members of the same minority groups, which is an admitted problem by nearly everyone in this country, to a rogue 18 year old racist traveling cross-state to deliberately murder 10 black people in a grocery store is a tired one. And appears fairly flatly racist in itself. Probably the same type of person that would argue that automatic weapons are somehow part of a civilian’s inalienable rights, yes?

  3. When is the Commish scheduled to go to Chicago?
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    Seriously? Why does some idiot always bring up the violence in Chicago like that negates everything else that happens? It’s the standard line for the right wing now days. Because black folks kill each other there that makes them fair game everywhere? Is that really what you want to be saying??

  4. Oh yeah, the shootings. For a minute I thought maybe he was speaking out against future stadium extortion by owners. Silly idea.

  5. billsarethefuture says:
    May 21, 2022 at 4:49 pm
    buffalobillcody: The comparison of the gun violence in Chicago, often between members of the same minority groups, which is an admitted problem by nearly everyone in this country, to a rogue 18 year old racist traveling cross-state to deliberately murder 10 black people in a grocery store is a tired one. And appears fairly flatly racist in itself. Probably the same type of person that would argue that automatic weapons are somehow part of a civilian’s inalienable rights, yes?
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    People of cody’s ilk don’t care about minorities in Chicago or any other place. In fact, the more minorities that are killed the happier people like cody are. That is the reason that the comparison is tired and disingenuous.

  6. @ billsarethefuture, pkrlvr, gibson45

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

  7. Did I miss his visit to and comments about the Church shooting in California that happened on the same day?

  8. Probably the same type of person that would argue that automatic weapons are somehow part of a civilian’s inalienable rights, yes?
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    Show me the part of the constitution that bans automatic weapons?
    I’ll wait.

  9. minime says:
    May 21, 2022 at 5:58 pm
    Probably the same type of person that would argue that automatic weapons are somehow part of a civilian’s inalienable rights, yes?
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    Show me the part of the constitution that bans automatic weapons?
    I’ll wait.

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    No civilian should need or be allowed to own a military assault weapon. The founding fathers did not have those in mind when they formed a militia to fight the mighty British military.

  10. This explains all the cheating against the Pats for 15 years.

    He’s a Bills fan.

  11. minime says:
    May 21, 2022 at 5:58 pm
    Probably the same type of person that would argue that automatic weapons are somehow part of a civilian’s inalienable rights, yes?
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    Show me the part of the constitution that bans automatic weapons?
    I’ll wait.
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    Have you read the Constitution? I’ll wait?

  12. minime: Show me the part of your brain that makes this comment make sense. Why does someone need them? To protect them from the government? When was the last time you read the nearly 300 year old constitution for anything other than gun rights trigger points and anything that alienated women and/or minorities? Boring.

  13. buffalobluecollarlunchbucket56

    The founding fathers didn’t envision mass disinformation outlets like CNN and NBC News either, so I guess the first amendment only applies to pamphlets and town criers then,right?

  14. buffalobillcody says:
    May 21, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    buffalobluecollarlunchbucket56

    The founding fathers didn’t envision mass disinformation outlets like CNN and NBC News either, so I guess the first amendment only applies to pamphlets and town criers then,right?
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    You forgot Fox, OANN, et al….

  15. buffalobillcody says:
    May 21, 2022 at 6:25 pm
    buffalobluecollarlunchbucket56

    The founding fathers didn’t envision mass disinformation outlets like CNN and NBC News either, so I guess the first amendment only applies to pamphlets and town criers then,right?
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    Fox news is state run T.V with Tucker Carlson as it’s headline disinformation propagandist.

  16. Why does this always become political, these were innocent people going about their everyday lives killed because of the color of their skin. Not because they were of the right or left wing just because they were black. Some of these comments are just sad

  17. buffalobluecollarlunchbucket56 says:
    May 21, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    buffalobillcody says:
    May 21, 2022 at 6:25 pm
    buffalobluecollarlunchbucket56

    The founding fathers didn’t envision mass disinformation outlets like CNN and NBC News either, so I guess the first amendment only applies to pamphlets and town criers then,right?
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    Fox news is state run T.V with Tucker Carlson as it’s headline disinformation propagandist.

    I get where you’re coming from, but will disagree that they’re “state run TV’. Yet. That’s their goal. Hopefully, that will never, ever… ever… never… come to fruition.

  18. All you are doing is further enflaming division. No one on FoxNews supports the White Replacement Theory junk. You saying they do – without being man enough to name the network – just fans the flames of division.

    The real story here is watching the woke left crowd use and manipulate black people to further their narrative once again. They don’t care about black people. They don’t care black people were hurt or targeted.

    Why didn’t Roger hold a presser when a crazed black gunman shot up the NYC subway a few blocks from NFL HQ? Why didn’t Roger go lay down flowers in Waukesha, Wisconsin when a crazed black nationalist drove his car thru a Christmas parade that killed grandma’s and children? It’s right next to Green Bay where an anchor NFL franchise plays. The reason is because the left couldn’t manipulate those events to further restrict our freedoms.

    None of y’all care about black people. You paint “End Racism” on some grass on a football field and act like you’re civil rights heroes. Black people don’t want that. A majority of players didn’t want that or to wear slogans on their uniforms.

    Black people don’t want their kids taught they are victims. Black people don’t want handouts. Black people don’t want you treating them like they are helpless or inferior. BUT y’all don’t care what black people want. All you care about is pandering, virtue signaling and restricting everyone’s freedoms (black peoples included).

  19. touchback6 says:
    May 21, 2022 at 6:14 pm
    This explains all the cheating against the Pats for 15 years.

    He’s a Bills fan.

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    Give it a rest dude. This post has nothing to do with the pats. Not everything is about the pats.

  20. You really went woke with this one. As sickening as the shootings in my town were the rapid response from the “Never let a good tragedy go to waste”leftists. A spiritually Ill predator brought forth wicked profiteers in a hurry. Don’t think so? Did Biden et al rush to NYC when the shooter 3 weeks ago shot WHITE people en masses? How about Wisconsin Christmas parade, where murderer ran over holdup revelers(many children) because they were “white devils”. Evil is evil, no matter why or against who. The guy offended by the Chicago poster was angry because he had no answer. The media is exploiting this made for the situation tragedy for political position as the ship is quickly taking on water and sinking. I haven’t heard of “white supremacy” since I was a very young man in the early 70’s, but it was revived to further the divide and make electoral hay out of it. It’s shameful. It will more likely add to it than prevent it. This guy was let go to do this. He had to be red flagged. If not, what does the FBI and DHS do all day besides go after parents that don’t want their kids perverted in school?

  21. His donation is less than a hundred bucks relative to the average working stiff. And if your publicist puts out a news release it ain’t charity it’s pr.

  22. Twenty comments in and we already have multiple instances of WHATABOUTISM, absolute contrarianism, and copious white fragility: the aggrieved are gonna aggrieve. It takes a certain kind of arrogance and ignorance, though, to construct an alternate reality just to avoid being wrong and/or to “own the libs.” It’s how you get some dude on here saying in his first words that Fox doesn’t talk about Replacement Theory when Cucker has only mentioned it 400 times since 2016….

    White America, your resentment is showing.

  23. and when did he visit the San Diego suburb of Poway when there was a hate crime shooting at a Temple in 2018?
    Either get involved in everything, or get involved in nothing. Stop being bullied by the biggest bullies of them all – the Leftists.

  24. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    May 21, 2022 at 7:40 pm
    touchback6 says:
    May 21, 2022 at 6:14 pm
    This explains all the cheating against the Pats for 15 years.

    He’s a Bills fan.

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    Give it a rest dude. This post has nothing to do with the pats. Not everything is about the pats.

    192Rate This

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    I did not know he was a Bills fan. Since he worked for the Jets, eveyone assumed his framing/cheating the Pats came from that angle instead.

  25. ambitiousinstruction
    I wish I could give you more then one thumbs up.

  26. ambitiousinstruction, quite the apologist for the vultures picking the carcass’ of the dead by trying the same tactics you accuse of. You’re the problem, not the solution.

  27. ibillwt says:
    May 21, 2022 at 8:52 pm
    His donation is less than a hundred bucks relative to the average working stiff. And if your publicist puts out a news release it ain’t charity it’s pr.

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    So when Robert Kraft donated his plane to get masks from China and we knew about it, that wasn’t charity either. It was pr right? Works both ways.

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