Goodell is probably writing his apology as we speak.
Last Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responded to several star players’ request to speak out against racism and systematic oppression, saying the league admitted it was “wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier.”
Several players — including New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, who helped organize his peers for the video requesting a statement from the NFL — lauded Goodell for his words. Saints safety and Players Coalition co-founder Malcolm Jenkins, however, said that the league’s effort would be incomplete until it addressed former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“I still don’t think they’ve gotten it right……….Until they apologize specifically to Colin Kaepernick, or assign him to a team, I don’t think that they will end up on the right side of history……At the end of the day, they have listened to their players, they’ve donated money, they’ve created an Inspire Change platform. They’ve tried to do things up to this point. It’s been one player in particular that they have ignored and not acknowledged, and that’s Colin Kaepernick.”Malcolm Jenkins
In the 2016 season, Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality. After opting out of his contract with the 49ers, who informed him he would be released if he had not done so, Kaepernick has remained unsigned since March 2017. He and former 49ers teammate Eric Reid settled their respective collusion grievances against the NFL in February 2019.
“That’s the only thing people want to hear…….If it’s not going to correct that or acknowledge that, then everything else doesn’t need to be said.”Malcolm Jenkins
Thomas and other notable NFL players did not mention Kaepernick by name in their video to the NFL, but they asked for the league to “admit wrong in silencing our players from peacefully protesting.”
Goodell said in his video that the NFL admitted “we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.”