NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday issued a video assertion apologizing for the league’s refusal to hearken to gamers protests of police brutality. USA At this time referred to as it an exoneration of Colin Kaepernick’s pathetic conduct in 2016 and calls for he be signed by an NFL crew. Deadspin says the commissioner did not go almost far sufficient and may have issued a prolonged apology to Kaepernick.
Goodell additionally stated: “The protests across the nation are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black gamers, coaches, followers and employees. We’re listening. I’m listening. …(We) encourage all to talk out and peacefully protest. We the Nationwide Soccer League consider black lives matter. … With out black gamers, there can be no Nationwide Soccer League.”
USA At this time’s Kaepernick devotee Christine Brennan heard one thing completely completely different:
As Goodell uttered the phrases ‘we have been fallacious for not listening to NFL gamers earlier,’ who within the sports activities universe, and possibly your entire nation, didn’t instantly image Colin Kaepernick? Who didn’t consider the way in which the league shunned and blackballed the previous San Francisco 49ers Tremendous Bowl quarterback, mischaracterizing his message of non-violent protest and passing him over for jobs repeatedly over the previous 4 years?
It’s price asking why Goodell didn’t apologize to Kaepernick by title in his extraordinary assertion. Maybe an NFL lawyer nixed the concept. Maybe the apology, public or non-public, is coming another time.
Brennan has been praising Kaepernick all through his 4 years as a poisonous, undesirable free agent. Maybe an NFL crew will signal him now, she desperately hopes. “Friday night time would have been good,” however it ought to occur very quickly, she writes:
“The league now wants him greater than he wants the league. Maybe Goodell offering cowl for the crew who will signal him is sufficient of an apology, a minimum of for one night time, though ‘cowl’ is the fallacious phrase now. The crew that brings in Kaepernick might be celebrated all through the nation. Groups needs to be falling over themselves to do it.”
Brennan additionally surmises that Commissioner Goodell may intend to kneel with gamers throughout the NFL season. “How can it not imply that?” she wonders. “Goodell can be in good firm if he joined gamers to kneel throughout the nationwide anthem.”
Extrapolating Goodell’s feedback into an SJW want checklist, Brennan takes it a step additional, asking concerning the “repugnant” Redskins nickname and the “horrible” tomahawk chop of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and Atlanta Braves. If Goodell is critical about his remarks, she says, “then it appears like he’ll work to eliminate names and rituals similar to these. And if that’s the place he’s headed, then this really is the watershed second it seems to be.”
Brennan additionally thinks she heard Goodell defying President Donald Trump, a powerful opponent of athletes kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem. She says the NFL house owners who help Trump cannot be pleased with Goodell’s assertion.
“However that is larger than them, larger than their league,” Brennan writes. “If it’s a alternative between Trump and Kaepernick, Goodell made the suitable name. He selected peaceable protest. He selected Black Lives Matter. He selected his gamers. He selected the latter.”
Deadspin writers Eric Barrow and Chris Baud are extra involved about what Goodell ought to have stated:
“We, the NFL, have been fallacious to not hearken to Colin Kaepernick. We have been fallacious for not understanding nor appreciating the eloquence of his kneeling, the significance of his peaceable protest. We have been fallacious to attempt to silence him and bow to stress from President Trump to ‘get that son of a bitch off the sector.’ ”
Moreover, they wrote Goodell ought to have stated the NFL was fallacious to deprive Kaepernick of his livelihood, to deprive his followers of his expertise, for not appreciating the management he confirmed, for not letting him educate house owners about their prejudices and failings. “We should always have celebrated you,” Barrow and Baud demanded.