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Protest in sports: NFL player withdraws criticism and turns to Trump – NFL takes a position
In the dispute over national symbols and
Statements about protests by football players during the anthem
NFL quarterback Drew Brees is now addressing US President Donald directly
Trump turned. Through his conversations with friends, colleagues and
He had realized leaders of the black community “that it is
this is not about the American flag, “he wrote on Friday
(Local time) on Instagram.
“We can no longer fly the flag
to reject people or to separate them from the real ones
Distracting problems with which our black communities
Trump criticizes athletes for apology
Trump had previously criticized the NFL quarterback for his
controversial statements about protests by football players during the
To have taken back the hymn. “I think he’s really one of the
greatest quarterbacks, but he would have kept his original stance
not honoring our beautiful American flag
to withdraw, “Trump tweeted on Friday (local time).
The 41-year-old Brees, sporty undisputed playmaker at
the New Oreans Saints, had the protests of the
NFL player Colin Kaepernick criticized. Among other things, this was in
of the 2016/17 season in protest against racism and police violence in
the United States on its knees while playing the national anthem.
will never agree with someone who is disrespectful to
the flag of the United States or our country
is, “Brees had said. After the massive criticism of his statements
Brees apologized in writing and then in one
Now, after Trump’s criticism, he added via Instagram, already in 2017
one has with the debate on the flag of the real problems
distracted. Unfortunately, he has it with his this week
Comments picked up again.
“We have to stop over that
Speak flag and our attention to the real ones
Problems of systematic racial injustice
economic oppression, police brutality and judicial
and direct prison reform. We are at a critical point
Point in our nation’s history! If not now then when?”
Brees adds that the white community needs to listen and out
learn the pain and suffering of black communities. “We
have to acknowledge the problems, find solutions and then incorporate them into the
Implement the deed. The black community cannot do this alone.
This will require us all. “
A rethinking of player protests also seems to have started at the NFL. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has described the league’s previous handling of player protests against racism and police violence as wrong.
“We, the NFL, admit that we have been wrong in the past. We have not listened to our players and have not encouraged them to speak out and protest peacefully,” said Goodell in a video message posted on social media was spread.
On Thursday, many prominent players, including Super Bowl winner Patrick Mahomes, asked the NFL to to finally take a stand, condemn racism and support the protests. Black George Floyd’s death after being arrested in Minneapolis has sparked a wave of protests in the United States against racism and police violence.
So far, the NFL has struggled with racism
Goodell had previously been criticized for dealing with player protests. In 2016, former quarterback Colin Kaepernick got on his knees during the national anthem that sounds before every game, protesting against everyday racism. At that time, Goodell had followed US President Donald Trumpwho still demands that the players should stand during the anthem.
“It is a difficult time for our country, especially for the black people in our country. We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of the black population,” said Goodell. “I personally protest with you and would like to be part of the urgently needed change in our country,” said the 61-year-old.
The NFL has long been fighting racism allegations, many of the team owners support US President Trump, who criticizes the player protests again and again.