The outbreak of civil unrest initiated by the death of George Floyd sparked an unusual outbreak of NFL players, coaches and officials, who publicly struggled with issues of race and racism more than other leagues. In some cases, however, long-standing disputes over whether the league takes the issue seriously enough have been revived.
For several years, discussions about race in New Zealand. To a large extent, he focused on Colin Kaepernick and the kneeling campaign that he began to raise awareness of previous attacks of injustice and racial brutality towards the African American people at the hands of the police. While some black players came to his defense, the defender was left without a job in football and reached an agreement with NF.L. because of his accusation that he had received a black ball.
This time, a wider range of players and team officials chose to speak. Brian Flores, one of four black or Latino coaches in the league, said in a scorching statement that he lost friends in Florida because of his opposition to Kaepernick, and he asked those who were against his protests to show similar indignation over Floyd's murder.
"Many people who express their views on kneeling or hiring minorities do not seem to have an opinion on the recent murders of these young black men and women," said Flores.
In contrast to previous protests for racial injustice, some white players added their voices this time to the topic, which has been the third trail in a league in which three-quarters of the players are African American, but almost all top owners and executives of the team is white. Only a few white players joined or supported their black teammates when they knelt down during the national anthem game in recent years.
"I don't understand the society we live in that doesn't value all human life", Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz wrote on Twitter Thursday. "My prayers are addressed to all men, women and children who need to endure the effects of racism in our society."
PF commissioner Roger Goodell issued his own statement on Saturday saying that "the protesters' reactions to these incidents reflect the pain, anger and frustration that many of us feel".
He added: "There is still an urgent need for action."
However, his statement, his detractors noted, did not include any mention of the police or Kaepernick.
Goodell and another top leadership sparked more debate, not less, in part not just because of any NF.L's unwillingness. team to hire Kaepernick, but also because of the league’s weak record in trying to increase the hiring of black coaches, a problem that has arisen again in recent weeks as the league was considering measures to resolve it.
Eric Reid, the free security officer who knelt with Kaepernick when he was at the San Francisco 49ers, scoffed at the commissioner's declaration as anodyne, saying he longed for "Songs of the Season 2.0,"A reference to league composition campaign who donated the music product to New Zealand's social justice initiatives.
Reid too criticized his former boss, the owner of the 49ers, Jed York, who said the team would donate $ 1 million to support the coalition of players.
"Nobody wants your money, Jed," wrote Reid. We want justice. We always wanted justice. You are really diluted. "
Marcus Stroman, a Mets pitcher who is African American, urged others to fight racism. "If you choose to close your eyes, it is part of the problem that will continue to destroy this nation", he wrote on Twitter.
In the Bundesliga in Germany – where people met outside the US Embassy in Berlin – Borussia Dortmund football players Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi displayed T-shirts that read "Justice for George Floyd" after making a game on Sunday.
The owners of the Brooklyn Nets, whose arena, the Barclays Center, was at the center of protest in New York, vowed to use their platform as a sports team to combat racial prejudice.
"Today, we stand up and speak out against all forms of racism – overt or subconscious – especially against the black community" the team said. "We mean & # 39; enough, enough & # 39;".
The University of Connecticut women's basketball team called for a diversity of voices to call for social injustice and police brutality.
"For those who are not black, silence is the biggest betrayal at the moment," says the statement. “The hardest part is watching friends who aren't colored or even questioning what's going on at the moment. It is time to start preaching unity, justice and love to each other. "
Doc Rivers, the NB.A.'s Los Angeles Clippers trainer, recalled the racial abuse he experienced and asked society to talk about the race, however uncomfortable it was.
"My father was a 30-year veteran in the Chicago police department, and if he were still with us now, he would be hurt and outraged by the senseless acts of racial injustice that continue to plague our country," said Rivers. “Being black in America is difficult. Personally, I was called more racial slurs than I can count, I was pulled many times because of the color of my skin and even my house was set on fire. "
The spillage of players and coaches occurs when most sports leagues remain closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. So far, players have not spoken in front of television cameras or had to rely on the reactions of tens of thousands of fans, some of whom ridiculed players who protested in 2017.
For his part, Kaepernick, the player who started the campaign on his knees, said on Friday that his non-profit group, Know Your Rights Camp, would provide legal representation to protesters in Minneapolis, whom he called freedom fighters.
"When civility leads to death, revolt is the only logical reaction" Kaepernick wrote on Twitter. “The cries of peace will rain and, when they do, they will fall on deaf ears, because their violence has brought about this resistance. We have the right to fight back!