President Trump questions meaning of National Football League commissioner statement

In the years since, players from across the league have followed Kaepernick's lead and continue to kneel during the anthem.

Whatever deal the National Football League and/or its owners made with Trump to get him to leave them alone in 2018 and 2019 (when there were still some players like Michael Bennett and Eric Reid who kneeled during the Anthem) has evidently expired in the past few days, and it's probable that this dialogue will not be going away anytime soon.

Trump's question had essentially been asked and answered in Goodell's statement, in which the commissioner said the National Football League would "encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest".

Goodell broadly agreed with numerous points brought up in a previous video featuring roughly a dozen star NFL players, including the new face of the league: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that Goodell did not consult with team owners before cutting the video, which he made after a group of prominent black players produced their own video Thursday calling for the league to make a stronger statement than the one it issued May 30 in response to nationwide protests and rioting following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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"We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people", he said. Instead, Goodell has elected to kneel for BLM's "woke" anthem.

Goodell posted a video Friday evening saying the league now admits "we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest". "We, the National Football League, believe that black lives matter". Your employer can punish you as they see fit if you violate a rule about these sorts of protests. We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart.

"Let me tell you something ... that [Mahomes' involvement] was huge", Doug Williams said on the phone Saturday. We must stop talking about the flag and shift our attention to the real issues of systemic racial injustice, economic oppression, police brutality, and judicial & prison reform. Kaepernick and Eric Reid, the teammate who first knelt alongside him, are both without teams.

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