Last week, the former Chicago Bulls star promised – along with Nike’s Jordan Brand – to donate $ 100 million over the next 10 years to organizations dedicated to promoting social justice.
Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month, protests have spread across the U.S. and around the world to highlight racial inequality. Floyd was killed after a police officer hit him on the ground for nearly nine minutes.
“It sucks your soul. You can’t accept it anymore. This is a turning point. We have to take a stand. We have to be better as a race society.”
“Face your demons. Reach out. Understand the inequalities. Sure, it’s about negotiating a better police force, but even more. In certain circles, we’ve encountered racism.
In 2018, the NFL announced that all players on the field should “stop and show respect for the flag and anthem” before the games.
“Is it perhaps remotely possible that in a rather interesting statement on peace and reconciliation, Roger Goodell intimidated that it would now be okay for KNEEL players or not to stand on the national anthem, thus disrespecting our country and our Flag?” Trump said on Twitter.
A brilliant omission in Goodell’s statement made no mention of Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers striker who knelt to protest police brutality in 2016. Kaepernick has not been assigned to the team since 2017.
The report says discussions on the new policy are taking place on Tuesday ahead of an official vote expected on Friday.