Goodell claimed the National Football League made made a mistake by not listening to players and fans after former quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the kneeling protest back in 2016.
A "top league source" told Front Office Sports in a story published Monday players "won't be fined or disciplined for demonstrating for racial justice this season". "We're not talking about a 15-year veteran". "No discipline will be enacted. No player has ever been fined".
President Donald Trump has volleyed his inevitable response to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for a statement pronouncing Black Lives Matter and admitting the league was "wrong" in its handling of player protests.
This past week has been a insane one in the NFL, where football players of all backgrounds have taken to social media to denounce police brutality, with many showing up to respective protests in their area to march for Black Lives Matter.
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.
Trump has made it known that he opposed NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
Kaepernick began taking a knee in 2016. Then-49ers teammate Eric Reid and others soon joined him.
Trump has gleefully attacked protests during the national anthem in the past, despite the fact that the practice itself came from Kaepernick asking an ex-Green Beret for advice on a way to peacefully protest racial injustice.
Ross had his own run-ins with players on the roster over the anthem.
Trump took aim at Brees later, saying on Twitter: "I am a big fan of Drew Brees".
In 2017, he began a feud with the National Football League over the issue of kneeling, calling on team owners to fire those who do not stand for the anthem.
The league foolishly never consulted its players' union before announcing that policy. But, using the SJW's equity logic, how can the league be truly "just" given that the ratio of players by their race doesn't reflect that of society as a whole?
Protests and riots erupted across the nation over the past two weeks in a show of outrage against the killing of Floyd in Minneapolis. Seahawks' All-Pro Bobby Wagner spoke forcefully last week on the need for whites to listen, learn and understand what it is to be black in America.
Russell Wilson, the face and voice of the franchise, was as impassioned and direct as he's ever been discussing how the country must change. Likewise, it appears Goodell chose to run to the front of the line to genuflect and declare the NFL's commitment to unquestioningly preach the dogma of BLM.
They sense the tide is changing in the country since Floyd's death and subsequent outrage. But I don't necessarily want to see some documentary 10 years from now and the highlight of that documentary is that the National Football League came around and they are the champions for bringing Colin back.
Money, of course, is likely a motivator here.
But while the attention fixed on Kaepernick's stance may have died down with his departure from the league, the protests themselves never really went away. In January 2019 he was named the Washington state sportswriter of the year by the National Sports Media Association. He has won a Super Bowl. In a prior life he graduated from West Point and served as a tactical intelligence officer in the U.S. Army, so he may ask you to drop and give him 10.