Roger Goodell’s conference call with Donald Trump reportedly for ‘charitable contributions’
With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic effectively shutting down most major sports in the United States, President Donald Trump held a conference call with the commissioners of most of the sports leagues in the country.
That call included NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and while the exact details of the call are unknown, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the call was to discuss charitable donations. The donations are to fight COVID-19 and how the leagues would help to deal with coronavirus.
With COVID-19 cases rising in the United States on a daily basis, the pandemic has already greatly affected events in the NFL. April’s NFL Draft, which was scheduled to be held in Las Vegas in front of a large crowd (as usual) will now be held without fans via multiple remote locations.
Leagues like the NBA and college basketball have had to cancel or postpone the end of their respective seasons indefinitely due to safety concerns with the virus.
Along with Goodell, the conference call with President Trump included commissioners and presidents from 13 different sports leagues such as the NBA, UFC, WNBA, MLB, MLS and the NHL among others.
Several NFL teams have already contributed to COVID-19 through various charities and relief efforts. The Las Vegas Raiders recently announced a $1 million donation to help fight coronavirus while several individual players have done their part in the country’s time of need.
Seattle Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara announced earlier in the month that they were donating one million meals to a local food bank. Meanwhile, Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward announced he would be paying the most expensive bills for 21 unemployed residents in the Cleveland area.