NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responded.
“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” said Goodell in a statement. “There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
Then on Sunday…
All around the league, even in Green Bay, protests by players during the anthem. Above, the Oakland Raiders refusing to stand.
Commissioner Goodell is ripped by columnist Lawrence Meyers.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is paid well over $40 million annually to protect the league’s reputation and business. He’s done a horrible job the last few years, palming off issues of domestic violence, and failing to take a firm stance regarding the anthem. A simple statement would have sufficed: “The NFL respects and encourages freedom of speech. The NFL also respects America, and strongly encourages all players and staff to stand proudly for our national anthem, and to engage in individual protests on their own time.”
That’s all he had to do. He failed.
And there’s this gem from Judge Jeanine Pirro at Fox:
Roger, “force for good”? Are you sure you want to get into this fight?
Roger, if my memory serves me correctly your stance on some of the NFL players and the women they batter is somewhat problematic. Think Ray Rice… and Josh Brown..
The same liberals who want to protect the constitutional right of people like Colin Kaepernick to symbolically reject America by taking a knee were the ones quick to criticize Tim Tebow for bending a knee to pray and thank God on the field.
You can read her entire column here.