Roger Goodell says ‘tragic events’ call for ‘urgent need for action’

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NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says “there remains an urgent need for action” following the demise of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the protests across the nation which have adopted.

From New York to Los Angeles and a number of other cities in between, 1000’s protested Floyd’s demise and repeated police killings of black males. Floyd was a handcuffed black man who died Monday after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck for a number of minutes even after he stopped transferring and pleading for air.

Officer Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged with third-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter.

Floyd’s demise and the following protests have prompted many sports activities figures — together with athletes, coaches and league officers — to talk out in current days.

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“As current events dramatically underscore, there remains much more to do as a country and as a league,” Goodell mentioned in his assertion Saturday. “These tragedies inform the NFL’s commitment and our ongoing efforts. There remains an urgent need for action. 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.”

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— NFL (@NFL) May 30, 2020

Goodell added that the protesters reactions “reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel.” He additionally despatched condolences to Floyd’s household — in addition to these of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was shot eight occasions by narcotics detectives who knocked down her entrance door on March 13. Arbery, who was the cousin of Detroit Lions security Tracy Walker, was a 25-year-old black man who was shot useless after being pursued by two white males whereas working of their neighborhood.

NFL Players Association government director DeMaurice Smith despatched a letter to all the league’s gamers Saturday, addressing the occasions across the nation.

“The country is hurting, there is uncertainty and there is danger,” Smith wrote. “It is also clear that the pain, while shared by so many, has a history of being (borne) more by some than others. It is as wrong to be willfully ignorant to this pain as it is to use this pain as cover for inflicting pain on others.”

NFLPA president JC Tretter of the Cleveland Browns additionally wrote a press release on Twitter, saying he felt “a range of emotions” this week.

“Racism is something that we all must take responsibility to end,” Tretter wrote. “As human beings, we need to identify and challenge prejudice, rather than deny it. Silence in the face of injustice only works to protect and perpetuate that injustice.”

Coach Dwane Casey of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons additionally launched a press release.

“Fifty-four years ago, I was an 8-year-old boy living in rural Kentucky when the schools were desegregated,” Casey mentioned. “I walked into a white school where I was not wanted nor welcomed. At that time, there were no cell phones to record my treatment, no cable news stations with 24/7 coverage, no social media to record the reality of the situation or offer support nor condemnation. But I can remember exactly how I felt as an 8-year-old child. I felt helpless. I felt as if I was neither seen, nor heard, nor understood. As I have watched the events unfold in the days following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a city where I coached and once called home, I see how many people continue to feel those same feelings — helpless, frustrated, invisible, angry. I understand the outrage because it seems the list continues to grow: Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd. The injustices continue to mount and nothing seems to be changing.

“Fifty-four years later, my son is now 8 years old and I look at the world he is growing up in and wonder, how much has really changed? How often is he judged on sight? Is he growing up in a world where he is seen, and heard, and understood? Does he feel helpless? Will he be treated like George Floyd or Ahmaud Abrey? What have we really done in the last 54 years to make his 8-year-old world better than mine was? We all have to be and do better.”

In Germany, U.S. nationwide soccer participant Weston McKennie performed for Schalke on Saturday carrying an armband referencing Floyd’s demise.

The midfielder had the handwritten message “Justice for George” on white tape round his left arm.

“To be able to use my platform to bring attention to a problem that has been going on to long feels good!!!” McKennie wrote on Twitter alongside photos of himself carrying the armband. “We have to stand up for what we believe in and I believe that it is time that we are heard!”

McKennie’s Schalke workforce misplaced 1-Zero to Werder Bremen.