President Donald Trump had a query for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Sunday evening.
Trump tweeted a question about whether or not Goodell would permit gamers to kneel earlier than the nationwide anthem this season after years of league resistance and public stress by Trump to maintain gamers standing.
Might or not it’s even remotely attainable that in Roger Goodell’s somewhat fascinating assertion of peace and reconciliation, he was intimating that it might now be O.Ok. for the gamers to KNEEL, or to not stand, for the Nationwide Anthem, thereby disrespecting our Nation & our Flag?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2020
Goodell posted a video Friday night saying the league now admits “we have been improper for not listening to NFL gamers earlier and encourage all to talk out and peacefully protest.” The NFL has been beneath scrutiny for the way it has dealt with participant protests since 2016, when Colin Kaepernick first took a knee throughout the anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.
Kaepernick has not performed within the league for the reason that finish of the 2016 season. Workforce house owners briefly made kneeling a fineable offense in 2018.
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The Washington Put up reported Saturday that Goodell didn’t seek the advice of with group house owners earlier than slicing the video, which he made after a gaggle of distinguished black gamers produced their very own video Thursday calling for the league to make a stronger assertion than the one it issued Might 30 in response to nationwide protests and rioting following the Might 25 demise of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Trump is returning to a difficulty that gained him voter assist throughout his profitable election bid in 2016 and maybe once more in his reelection bid this 12 months. He tweeted Friday that Saints quarterback Drew Brees mustn’t have backed off saying that he may by no means agree with “anyone disrespecting the flag of the USA of America or our nation.”
Brees backtracked after receiving heavy criticism from teammates and finally apologized a number of occasions for the remark. He additionally posted an Instagram message to Trump later Friday saying he now realizes that the protests have “by no means been” in regards to the flag.
Redskins working again Adrian Peterson, in the meantime, advised the Houston Chronicle on Friday that he would kneel for the anthem this season and indicated different gamers would, as effectively.
Taking a knee returned to the highlight after Floyd’s demise on the knee of a former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin. Floyd died after Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck for greater than eight minutes. Three different officers on the scene helped to maintain Floyd down or stood idle. The incident was caught on digital camera.
Chauvin was arrested and charged with second-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter. The three different officers have been additionally arrested; they have been charged with aiding and abetting homicide.
Violent protests adopted Floyd’s demise, however days into the demonstrations, some legislation enforcement personnel started taking a knee in solidarity with peaceable protesters.