NFL Pledges To Donate $250 Million To Fight Racism, Reportedly Wants To Work W/ Colin Kaepernick
On the heels of the NFL revealing their wrongs on standing against police brutality and racial injustice, the league has announced its plan to condemn racism by increasing its social justice footprint. On Thursday (June 11th), the NFL pledged to $250 million over a 10-year period to fund against systemic racism and support the battle against racial injustices.
Sources familiar with the league’s program even said it would be willing to work with alleged blackballed former quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He was previously the star quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers until he protested against police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. He hasn’t been signed to a team since 2016.
The insider said,
“We wouldn’t be where we are today without the work Colin and other players have led off. That is a key point here. We listened to our players. We needed to listen more, we needed to move faster.”
The insider continues,
“We heard them and launched a social justice platform because of what Colin was protesting about. The players have always been an essential piece of this effort and this campaign. It would be awesome to engage Colin on some of the work we are doing. He’s doing real impactful work. Getting him in some way would be amazing for us. There’s a lot of work to do to get to that point. We’re certainly open and willing to do that.”
As previously reported, commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged that the NFL should have listened to the league’s players earlier with regard to social injustices. He also encouraged peaceful protests while condemning racism and “the systematic oppression of black people.”
“It has been a difficult time for our country, in particular black people in our country. First my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all the families who have endured police brutality. We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter.”
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