Roger Goodell to stay the course amid Donald Trump criticism
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has recently made it a point to voice his support in the fight against racial injustice. His acknowledgement of the league’s shortcomings regarding player protest has since been met with plenty of criticism from President Donald Trump.
Roger Goodell caught some flak from Trump for switching his stance. Regardless, this has not changed the league’s plans to help usher in change moving forward, via Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com:
“I can’t answer that but I can tell you that we’re going to continue to focus on our work, the things we’re doing in our communities to make them better,” he said. “Working with our players, working with our teams and working with community leaders to try to effectuate the change that we all know is necessary today.”
Goodell’s initial comments in the wake of George Floyd’s death came in response to video that featured the league’s biggest stars and their message to condemn racism. The NFL has since managed to put their money where its mouth is by pledging $250 million over the next ten years to help fight systematic issues plaguing the United States.
Roger Goodell has also helped lead the charge in commemorating Juneteenth as a staff holiday where employees are encouraged to take the day off and reflect on ways they can make a change. Of course, the prospect of player protests during the 2020 NFL season have become an inevitability.
It is safe to say that Roger Goodell will continue to receive his fair share of criticism from Trump one it comes to fruition.