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Ravens’ Matthew Judon critical of Roger Goodell’s timing on addressing Black Lives Matter

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Many have praised NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for recently voicing his opinion in favor of the “Black Lives Matter” movement as the league previously stayed away from such a topic. However, Baltimore Ravens pass rusher Matthew Judon apparently sees things a bit differently from his perspective.

“It’s not when Roger Goodell came out and said ‘Black Lives Matter,’ now everybody can say it,” Judon said during a Monday video conference with reporters, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “I think we should have been questioning why Roger Goodell didn’t say black lives matter when he was born, or when he became commissioner or when he was reelected commissioner. … It’s not cool that Roger Goodell said it. He should’ve been saying it.”

The aforementioned Goodell previously stated during a publicly released video from June 5th that the league had incorrectly handled player protests in opposition to police brutality and systematic racism over the course of the last few years.

“I’m with all the protests that we have to do and all the progress that we have to make,” Judon added, via ESPN. “I’m with of that, but it’s not because Roger Goodell said, ‘Black Lives Matter.’ We’re all here for a common goal, and it’s usually to win football games. But right now, it’s bigger than football.”

Judon and the Ravens will be one of the best teams in the NFL heading into the upcoming 2020 campaign. However, even with the team’s focus — as well as Judon’s — most certainly on winning football games, the veteran pass rusher also sees this an opportunity to use his platform for the betterment of the United States moving forward.