As one of the most powerful and influential people in all of professional sports, many look to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to set an example.
With the death of unarmed black man George Floyd sparking protests across the country, Goodell took the opportunity to address the situation and many other similar situations in a statement:
“The NFL family is greatly saddened by the tragic events across our country. The protesters' reactions reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel,” Goodell said in his statement per Adam Schefter.
” … As current events dramatically underscore, there remains much more to do as a country and as a league. These tragedies inform the NFL's commitment and our ongoing efforts. There remains an urgent need for action. We recognize the power of our platform in communities and as a part of the fabric of American society. …”
Many were quick to point out Goodell's lackluster statement and hypocritical sentiment when it comes to the league's situation with former quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Among those critics is ESPN's Dan Le Batard.
On an episode of the Dan Le Batard Show, the ESPN host called out Goodell for his ‘BS statement' and criticized Goodell and the league's stances on similar issues in the last few years.
ESPN's Dan Le Batard blasts Roger Goodell "You can save your empty BS statement on behalf of the NFL your league already made its statement, you've been making it for more than three years" pic.twitter.com/fzrjoKv4LO
— Gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 1, 2020
Many NFL players and coaches have also made statements regarding the death of George Floyd as well as others such as Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.
Some players like Houston Texans wideout Kenny Stills and former Carolina Panther safety Eric Reid have also come out and criticized the commissioner over his recent statement.