It has been a rocky last couple of weeks that has created a significant public push for change after the passing of George Floyd after mistreatment by the Minneapolis Police. That has seen an intense uproar and string of protests across the country, calling for massive change to the justice system that has continued to unfairly and unrightfully deal with the black community. That has seen the NFL finally acknowledge the situation after commissioner Roger Goodell’s recent public statement that voiced that the league was wrong for ignoring the push for social justice, which came about with Patrick Mahomes playing a big part.
Roger Goodell finally addresses Black Lives Matter
Over the last few years, the NFL has taken the approach of largely straying away from voicing any public statement around the social injustices that minorities, especially the black community, continue to have to deal with daily.
That saw the league finally take a step in the right direction with Roger Goodell voicing that they were wrong to not listen to their players and fully acknowledged Black Lives Matter.
“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. I personally protest with you, and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country.”
It was a move that many never believed the NFL would take due to their strong connection to the military and strong stance against kneeling during the national anthem. However, it was the league’s new face that made all the difference.
How Patrick Mahomes pushed Roger Goodell into action
In light of the recent events tied to the disheartening passing of George Floyd due to mistreatment from the police, it has led to a strong public outcry.
That saw many of the league’s prominent players such as Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Tyrann Mathieu, Jamal Adams, and Patrick Mahomes participate in a video asking for the NFL to recognize Black Lives Matter and to condemn the racism that the black community continually faces. According to Jason Reid of The Undefeated, an NFL executive believes that Mahomes’ involvement led to Goodell’s response.
“Let’s put it this way: The second I saw him in that video, I knew Roger had to act quickly. Everyone, including all the owners, knows he’s the guy,” an NFL executive told Jason Reid of The Undefeated.
Mahomes has become the new face of the NFL, especially after winning Super Bowl 54. He has garnered a lot of popularity and influence, which has raised his platform another notch, making his involvement in the players-led video more impactful.
However, it was a rouge NFL employee named Bryndon Minter that direct messaged the Saints star wide receiver that laid the landscape to put the video together. What put it over the top was having the league’s new face playing a pivotal role in it all.
More action is needed by the NFL
Regardless of what led to Goodell making that video to acknowledge Black Lives Matters, it’s just one step in the right direction.
There is plenty more work to be done by the league to help the cause out to garner more national support and attention. The NFL has the resources and the platform to bring a greater voice to the movement that needs all the help it can get to help create change.
It can come in many forms aside from using the league’s platform through its players, such as donating money to the right organizations. There is so much more than the NFL can do to help make their players feel appreciated and heard.
It’s in the league’s hands to continue to make strides toward being a part of the greater good in helping bring much-needed change.