Trump wrote on Twitter: "Could it be even remotely possible that in Roger Goodell's rather interesting statement of peace and reconciliation, he was intimating that it would now be O.K. for the players to KNEEL, or not to stand, for the National Anthem, thereby disrespecting our Country & our Flag?" Calling the practice "disrespecting" toward the US and its flag in the tweet, the president has always been critical of the protests used by players to peacefully call out racial inequality and police brutality in America. The warning comes after Goodell admits he was "wrong" on the protests.
This past week has been a insane one in the NFL, where football players of all backgrounds have taken to social media to denounce police brutality, with many showing up to respective protests in their area to march for Black Lives Matter.
Roger Goodell admitted the National Football League was "wrong" for not listening to players earlier about inequality and police misconduct, and encouraged "all to speak out and peacefully protest".
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When they do finally emerge from their coronavirus-enforced hiatus in the coming weeks and months, major USA leagues will not only have to play a careful game with ensuring safety measures keep the deadly virus at bay. "I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country". Without black players, there would be no National Football League. "Big time." He also talked more about his support for Trump to TMZ Sports in 2015.
Brees also addressed Trump in an Instagram post, saying protests have never been about the flag.
The presence of Patrick Mahomes in a video of more than a dozen black NFL stars who pushed the league to affirm that Black Lives Matter is believed to have been influential in the league taking swift action.
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"Let me tell you something. that was huge", Williams said on the phone Saturday. It always is. Goodell and the National Football League want to be on the right side of this wave of change across the USA, though the Washington Post reporting most owners were "taken by surprise" by Goodell's video Friday is telling.
The players seem on track to bring protests into the National Football League season, which will undoubtedly draw even more responses from the president.
In 2018, the league tried instituting a rule that banned on-field protests during the anthem. "You and I could admit to mistakes, both major and minor".
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The anthem issue has been a point of contention between Trump and the league before.