The USA is dealing with the rapid outbreak of COVID-19 that has affected more than 2 million people and 112k deaths, and there are protests after the death of George Floyd on the hands of four Minneapolis officers yet to be officially charged.
President Trump is still placing his ideology on a culture that led the NFL players to kneel during the national anthem and the fact that Commissioner Roger Goodell’s supportive statement to such protests.
Trump tweeted late Sunday night. He asked whether it was even remotely possible in Roger Goodell’s rather interesting statement of peace and reconciliation. He (Goodell) was intimating that it would be OK for the players to KNELL, or not stand, for the National Anthem, thereby disrespecting our Country and Flag.
The tweet was released after the NFL commissioner last Friday released a video message to offer his sincere condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery – who all three of them are African Americans. Police killed Floyd and Taylor this year, and Arbery’s main suspect in his killings is a retired law enforcement officer.
Goodell stated that everyone at the National Football League (NFL) condemns racism and the systematic oppression of black people. He went on to add that the NFL has recently admitted that it was wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and now encourages all to speak out and peacefully protest. Furthermore, the NFL believes Black Lives Matter.
According to reports, such move by the NFL commissioner came after close to 20 players called on the NFL itself to adopt a stronger stance amid all the current nationwide protest against police brutality on black people.
George Floyd’s death was one in vain as it was recorded live as he pleaded for his life by saying that he couldn’t breathe and even called on his dead mother as he was being pinned down by the Minneapolis officers. The immediate arresting officer, Derek Chauvin, kept on pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost 8 minutes until he lost consciousness and was pronounced dead after being taken by an ambulance to the hospital.
Goodell’s 80-second video statement did not mention anything to do with the national anthem protests, which were started by Colin Kaepernick, a former NFL quarterback, that gained national attention nearly four years ago.
Kaepernick’s knees protest together with other NFL players kneeling during the anthem created a spotlight on injustices against black people in the United States. Kaepernick protests might have been his downfall during is playing NFL career, and there are hopes that with current ongoing protests, several teams might consider giving him a new contract.
President Trump has said that players kneeling during the anthem are disrespecting the nation and the flag and what it stands for. In 2017, Goodell released a memo to all 32 teams where he stated that NFL believes that everyone should stand for the National Anthem because it’s an integral part of the game. But, after George Floyd’s death, it seems the NFL, through its commissioner, might have had a change of heart, and they now stand with Black Lives Matter.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.