Greg Cote: Why Roger Goodell's NFL response to George Floyd killing is hypocrisy at its most ironic
From his mountaintop, NFL commission Roger Goodell offered his execuspeak on the police killing of George Floyd and the protests that grew nationwide and continue.“The NFL family is greatly saddened by the tragic events across our country,” he said in a statement. “The protesters’ reactions to these incidents reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel.”The irony and hypocrisy made me wince.The sentiment’s is years late. He could have made it in 2016 in standing behind the cry for social justice began by Colin Kaepernick, but he did not. His league wanted nothing to do with...
Jim Souhan: A strong statement is needed, and the Vikings signing Colin Kaepernick would do it
MINNEAPOLIS — This weekend, five days after a cop knelt on George Floyd’s neck in bright daylight on a Minneapolis street, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement.Either he took five days to toss a meaningless word salad, or he belatedly realized that he was among the last sports leaders to have failed to acknowledge the killing, and on Saturday quickly tossed a meaningless word salad.I could reprint Goodell’s statement here, but it might be easier for you to just Google “Generic press release template.”Ignore Goodell. He facilitated the blackballing of Colin Kaepernick, who was peac...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Current and former Seahawks, including Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin, speak out on George Floyd's death, weekend protests
Events of the past week elicited an outpouring of emotion-laden statements from local athletes on social media.The Seahawks were no exception.Among current and former Seahawks who voiced public support for efforts to bring attention to the need for change in the wake of the death last week of George Floyd while in custody of Minneapolis police were quarterback Russell Wilson, receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, offensive tackle Duane Brown, punter Michael Dickson and former receiver Doug Baldwin.And the Seahawks also released a statement Monday stating the “Seahawks family is dismayed by t...
The Seattle Times
Former Dolphins WR Kenny Stills responds to NFL's statement on George Floyd's death
Players from around the NFL have reacted to the recent protesting and riots that stem from last week’s death of George Floyd, a black male who was filmed in a now viral video face down with Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee pressed against Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes.Chauvin has since been fired, along with three other officers on the scene, and was arrested and charged with murder, according to multiple reports.Outrage and civil unrest took place in the days since Floyd’s death across various cities, including Miami, in the United States.NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is...
Vahe Gregorian: A Chiefs lineman's pandemic perspective, and why he expects the NFL will play in 2020
Voices of reason are always appreciated around here. And all the more so in a time of chaos. So it made for a reassuring and refreshing diversion to listen Friday to stalwart Chiefs right tackle Mitchell Schwartz on a video call with reporters.As we’ve come to expect from the ever-cerebral Schwartz, he spoke with calm and thought-provoking candor about a variety of topics.From what the offense can and can’t virtually work through amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic … to his continued growth as what might be called a (Grid-)Iron Chef … to his designation by Pro Football Focus as the most und...
The Kansas City Star
Omar Kelly: Ten looming Miami Dolphins position battles
How long can the aged veteran hold off the young understudy?That’s the timeless storyline at just about every position for every NFL team each offseason.It is the cycle-of-life in professional football.The Miami Dolphins haven’t begun on-field work this offseason because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but its no surprise a few starting spots and positions are up for grabs when football practices eventually begin later this summer.Here is a breakdown of the Dolphins’ 10 best battles that will likely carry over to training camp and the 2020 season as Miami’s coaches work the find the right fits for y...
Jason McCourty having fun as a teaching veteran
Football is still fun for Jason McCourty. If it wasn’t, he wouldn’t be back with the New England Patriots preparing for the 2020 season.As McCourty heads into his 12th year — his third with the Patriots — the role he plays off the field is almost as important as the one he plays on it. With over a decade of NFL experience, the defensive back finds himself becoming the player he looked to be in his first few years in the league.“For me, being able to play for multiple organizations, coaches — there’s tidbits that you can take from everywhere, and those guys know that’s one thing with me,” McCou...
The Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.)
Charles McDonald: The NFL has already shown that it doesn't care
The NFL has already told you what it stands for.Over the weekend, the NFL released a statement in support of the protests sweeping the nation in response to the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department.“There remains an urgent need for action,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote. “We recognize the power of our platform in communities and as part of the fabric of American society. We embrace that responsibility and are committed to continuing the important work to address these systemic issues together with our players, clubs and partners.”Nice enough statement. It would ca...
New York Daily News
Former 49ers Eric Reid, Torrey Smith spar on Twitter over Jed York donation
Former 49ers safety Eric Reid had some sharp words for 49ers owner Jed York on Saturday night.Reid, who knelt alongside Colin Kaepernick for the national anthem during the 2016 season, took to Twitter after York pledged to donate $1 million in the fight against racial discrimination.“Nobody wants your money Jed,” Reid tweeted. “We want justice. We’ve always wanted justice. Y’all are truly (deluded).”Torrey Smith, a wide receiver who played alongside Reid with the 49ers in 2015-16, leaped to York’s defense. He referenced “countless conversations” with York about these issues and expressed grati...
The Mercury News
Arthur Blank, Matt Ryan, other Falcons speak out on George Floyd's death
ATLANTA — While protests spread across the nation over the weekend in response to the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, several Falcons, including owner Arthur Blank, commented on the issues of protesting, social injustice and police brutality.Some of the protests that started peaceably, turned violence that resulted in property damage.On the second day of protesting Saturday, which ended with more property damage in Atlanta, a total of 157 people were arrested.Blank issued a carefully crafted statement that did not mention Floyd by name nor the issue of police brut...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution