(Tea Party PAC) – Ah, how the mighty have fallen.
Or rather, the weak-spined waffling sports execs who never could make up their mind about whether or not to tank their entire enterprise over the actions of one uppity failed quarterback.
On Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement on behalf of the league admitting “we were wrong” about how they handled the anthem kneeling controversy the last time our nation was embroiled in a heated uproar about race.
This comes as widespread riots against racism in a nation where virtually everyone is adamantly opposed to racism have left our cities in flames.
“We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,” Goodell said. “We, the National Football League, admit 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 black lives matter. 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. And the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff.”
Yahoo News notes:
The stance is a stark contrast to the NFL’s response to player protests addressing police brutality and systematic oppression of black Americans. Colin Kaepernick set the tone for those protests that involved kneeling during the national anthem.
Kaepernick hasn’t played since 2016 as political pressure led by President Donald Trump condemned those protests, shifting the subject from black oppression and police brutality to a false narrative concerning the military and patriotism. The NFL has threatened in the past to impose fines on players who kneel and teams that permit kneeling.
Goodell’s statement arrives a day after several prominent black NFL players released a video addressing Floyd and other victims of police brutality while calling upon the NFL to say the words that Goodell spoke in Friday’s video.
— Saquon Barkley (@saquon) June 5, 2020
The NFL retweeted the player video moments before releasing Goodell’s statement.
Goodell’s statement also comes after New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was brutally criticized for a statement on Wednesday that he will never disrespect the flag.
He was praised for taking such an important stand in such a divisive time.
Aaaaand then he buckled to the outrage mob and apologized. Several times.
The ironic thing is none of this is going to solve racism, and none of it is even going to please the outrage mobs.