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Report: Giants owners participate in team meeting on racial injustice

John Mara, Steve Tisch, Giants

The New York Giants are being proactive in attacking racial injustice and discussing issues of racial inequality within the organization.

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reported Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch participated in a virtual team meeting in order to better gauge and understand the sentiments being put forth by the players:

Football talk took a back seat this week, as new head coach Joe Judge on Friday used his virtual team meeting with the Giants to discuss the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the ensuing protests around the nation railing against racial inequality and police brutality against African Americans.

The meeting did not only include Judge and his players. Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch participated, The Post has learned, for the purpose of listening and understanding the issues being discussed, and the thoughts and emotions of those logging into the meeting remotely from all over the country.

Schwartz also noted Judge has held multiple of these discussions with his players. But Friday’s meeting appears to be the first time the owners sat in on a meeting.

There are other owners showing a willingness and desire to engage in conversations on racial injustice. Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was among those who led a team meeting earlier this week.

The NFL–as an entity–is trying to make more strides towards advocacy and inclusion. Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement saying the league was “wrong” for not heeding players’ concerns about race in the past.

Then again, the league might have been responding after an employee helped create a video featuring numerous Black NFL stars.

There is plenty of work to be done. But some owners–like Mara and Tisch–seem to be making concerted efforts to listen.