The National Football League (NFL) has actually pledged $250-million over a 10-year period to combat systemic racism.

Thursday’s statement (Friday NZ time) comes less than a week after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stated the league was incorrect in not actively motivating peaceful demonstrations against racial oppression.

The NFL said that it was expanding its social justice efforts through the 10-year fund to “fight systemic racism and support the battle versus the ongoing and historical oppressions dealt with by African-Americans.”

Goodell’s apology recently was a remarkable backtrack for the NFL, which saw nationwide controversy over a kneeling protest in 2016 led by then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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The action taken by the 32-year-old, who led the 49ers to the 2013 Super Bowl, came at an individual expense.

He did not renew his agreement with the club when it expired in early 2017.

Because then, he has actually not played a single NFL video game, regardless of being commonly related to as a premium quarterback.

Nearly 70 per cent of NFL players are black and the league stated it would work with the 32 groups to support programs that address criminal justice reform, authorities reform and economic and academic development in light of “historic oppression faced by African-Americans”.

The league stated it would also take advantage of its media residential or commercial properties, including the NFL Network, to raise awareness and promote education of social justice problems.

Without black players, there would be no National Football League and the demonstrations around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality, and injustice of black players, coaches, fans and staff,” Goodell included.

” We are listening, I am listening, and I will be reaching out to players who have actually raised their voices and others on how we can enhance and move forward for a much better and more united NFL household.”.