NFL chief admits he was wrong for not listening to players protesting against racism

Roger Goodell apologises in video but makes no mention of Colin Kaepernick whose 2016 protests left him ostracised from the NFL.

The chief of American football’s top league has admitted that it was wrong for not letting players peacefully protest over police brutality against black people.

The commissioner of the National Football League (NFL), said his organisation made mistakes in a video on Friday – read more here for his full statement which denounced racism in the United States following widespread protests over the death of George Floyd:

“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,” Mr Goodell said. “We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter.”

The NFL has been locked in an debate with players over kneeling protests during the customary pre-game rendition of the national anthem. The practice was popularised by quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

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