Donald Trump Aims at Roger Goodell on Anthem Kneeling

At the time, Kaepernick's offensive display, coupled with the league's unwillingness to address it, produced a massive negative backlash from fans, as the league's viewership dropped by 17%.

Trump poked at the National Football League last week as well, specifically in the direction of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees after his apology for calling protests during the anthem as disrespectful toward the American flag.

The message came two days after Goodell pledged to do better as the league pushes toward the 2020 season, saying that he encouraged players to "peacefully protest". On Friday, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees apologized for comments he made implying that players who kneel during the national anthem are unpatriotic.

Numerous protests after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis over racial injustice and police brutality have included protesters kneeling to speak out about how Floyd died after now-fired police officer Derek Chauvin held him down with a knee to his neck. "We, the National Football League, believe that Black lives matter". Players such as Reid continued to kneel during anthems.

When they do finally emerge from their coronavirus-enforced hiatus in the coming weeks and months, major United States leagues will not only have to play a careful game with ensuring safety measures keep the deadly virus at bay.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was part of a viral video last week in which National Football League players called on the National Football League to take their concerns about police brutality seriously.

Shortly afterwards Goodell released the NFL's statement. "We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest". Your employer can punish you as they see fit if you violate a rule about these sorts of protests.

"It has been a hard time for our country, in particular black people in our country", Goodell said in his Friday video, offering condolences to the families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, "and all the families who have endured police brutality". We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart.

Mahomes was regular season MVP in his first full season as a starter and Super Bowl MVP in his third.

Some in the U.S. media have even raised the prospect that the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner should be temporarily dropped before matches, until the league and the nation learns its lesson over racism.

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