CNBC National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell admitted the league was “wrong” for failing to listen to players who protested social injustice, he said on Friday in a video.
In his second statement released since the May 25 death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minnesota, Goodell used the roughly 1:20 recorded message to not only “condemn and the systemic oppression of black people” but admit fault for not listening to its players “earlier.”
Goodell said he wants players to continue to speaking out through protesting, supported the Black Lives Matter movement, and offered his participation. “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,” Goodell said.
Floyd died shortly after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was recorded with his knee on Floyd’s neck following his plea of being unable to breathe. Chauvin, along with three other officers have fired and charged in connection with Floyd’s death.
The video footage caused an outbreak of protests throughout the country, renewing conversation about police brutality, social injustice, and lack economic opportunity in black communities.