As the United States sees protests continue from coast to coast in the wake of the death of George Floyd, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell added his voice to those who have already spoken out about the incident and the systemic issues underlying the anger of many in the African-American community.
The NFL family is greatly saddened by the tragic events across our country. The protesters’ reactions to these incidents reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Mr. George Floyd and to those who have lost loved ones, including the families of Ms. Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and Mr. Ahmaud Arbery, the cousin of Tracy Walker of the Detroit Lions.
As current events dramatically underscore, there remains much more to do as a country and as a league. These tragedies inform the NFL’s commitment and our ongoing efforts. There remains an urgent need for action. We recognize the power of our platform in communities and as part of the fabric of American society. We embrace that responsibility and are committed to continuing the important work to address these systemic issues together with our players, clubs and partners.
The statement references not only George Floyd, but also Breonna Taylor, who was shot to death in her home in Louisville, and Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot while out for a jog in Georgia. These three recent incidents, in addition to the countless others that have played out for the world to see, have raised the calls for reform and change in the United States.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Mark Schofield