American football bosses admitted that they were wrong not to have listened to players protesting racial injustice.
The descent comes after NFL stars released a video demanding that the league condemn racism after the death of George Floyd in the United States, which sparked protests across the country and around the world.
The NFL previously prohibited players from kneeling, a peaceful protest by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick when playing the national anthem before a game in 2016.
The kneeling pose was widely adopted by those demonstrating against police brutality following the death of Mr. Floyd.
The black man, unarmed and handcuffed, died last week in Minneapolis after a white policeman pressed his knee against his neck, ignoring his cries of “I can’t breathe.”
The United States is preparing for new protests against racism, while in the United Kingdom, people have been asked not to participate in mass protests this weekend due to the continuing coronavirus health crisis.
… We should be upright and upright, ideally with a bow or a hand on the heart. There are other things you can protest, but not our big American flag – NO KNEES!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2020
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a video on the NFL Twitter page: “This has been a difficult time for our country. In particular, the blacks of our country.
“First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and to all the families who have suffered police violence.
“We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of blacks.
“We NFL admit that we were wrong not to have listened to the NFL players earlier and encourage everyone to speak out and protest peacefully. We, the NFL, believe that 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 protests across the country are emblematic of centuries of silence, inequality and oppression by black players, coaches, fans and staff. “
He added, “We listen, I listen and I will reach out to players who have raised their voices and others on how we can improve and move forward for a better and more united family. . “
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The statement comes after Donald Trump again criticized the protesters who knelt down during the national anthem.
The American president also said that NFL quarterback Drew Brees – who said he “would never agree with anyone who did not respect the flag of the United States” – should not be sorry to call it “disrespectful”.
Brees has since apologized for his comment.