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Goodell: NFL wrong for not listening to players about racism

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Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, NFL QB Colin Kaepernick kneeling during anthem to protest police brutality

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday the league should have listened to players racism protests in the past after NFL players released a new video calling on the league to condemn racism and support its black players.

Goodell posted a video to the NFL’s social media on Friday in response to the video “Stronger Together,” which features multiple black NFL players asking the league to take a strong stance in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

“We the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,” Goodell said.

“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,” Goodell said.

Goodell did not mention former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who faced a backlash from the league and others for kneeling before games while the National Anthem played to protest police brutality.