Gooddell publicly apologized Friday for not “listening” to black players when they spoke out about bigotry.

The NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, launched a statement on Friday, on behalf of the league symbolizing “we were incorrect” on how they handled the player demonstrations of kneeling during the National Anthem.

This apology comes 10 days into the national protests and civil unrest in cities nationwide in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. Another aspect was New Orleans star quarterback Drew Brees who on Wednesday said that he would never ever support anybody that knelt during the National Anthem but did a 180-degree turn when called out by prominent black NFL players the next day.

” We, the National Football League, condemn bigotry and the methodical injustice of black individuals,” Goodell stated. “We, the National Football League, confess we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and motivate all to speak up and peacefully protest.

“We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter. I personally protest with you and wish to belong to the much-needed change in this nation. 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.”

Trump required to Twitter to share his thoughts on Brees, who has twice said sorry because saying in an interview on Wednesday that he “will never ever concur with anyone disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our nation.” I got my own take on Drew Brees reversal. He got a call from the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 48-person Selection Committee threatening to keep him off any considerations if he didn’t.