Over the years, most NFL owners have always considered business as usual despite all the efforts by players to raise the issue against police brutality on black people.
According to NFL Network’s Steve Wyche, not one NFL owner has come out and openly said that black lives matter.
It’s just the other day when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released an apologetic statement where he said that the NFL was wrong not to listen about the issues of black people’s oppression, and they may have had a change of heart.
All this came after the recent death of unarmed black man George Floyd as he was being pinned down by Minneapolis police officers. One officer by the name, Derek Chauvin, kept his knee on his neck until Floyd lost consciousness and all the begging from the gentle giant and the people surrounding the scene couldn’t help.
Floyd might have died mercilessly on the hands of police officers, but he is a Marty who has led to the widespread protests that are currently happening in the USA amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a deadly virus that has more than 7.8 million cases and over 432k deaths.
Wyche believes that there are a lot of good guys (NFL owners) out there, but when it comes to them, maybe having sincere hearts, yet also being concerned about their bottom lines and catering to sponsors and things like that. He concluded this statement by adding that is what so far in the history of the NFL has out-weighed a good conscience.
It’s evident the pursuit of the racial justice from NFL owners is a far cry from the heartfelt commitment to the cause exhibited by their players.
A few years back, Colin Kaepernick led a protest by kneeling during the national anthem as a move to address the police brutality on black people. He was, later on, followed by dozens of NFL players who followed on his suit for social justice.
President Trump was outraged with that move and called for NFL owners to fire such players who, by kneeling during the national anthem, do not respect the country and the flag and what it stands for. NFL owners supported that statement, and it has been more than three years since Kaepernick played in the NFL, and those protests were abandoned.
Some big stars such as Deshaun Watson, Saquon Barkley, and Michael Thomas were the first people to tell the NFL that they must admit they were wrong in silencing players from peacefully protesting against police brutality on black people.
Steve Wyche feels that more can be done if NFL owners can come out and support most of what their players believe stands for humanity. Knowing very well that there are 32 owners, and no one is yet to come and address or even support black lives matter.
It’s a consideration we might expect very soon since the NFL itself cannot exist without black players, and the only supporting statement came of the NFL commissioner when he released an apologetic video to the family of George Floyd.
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.