In a video posted to the official NFL Twitter account on Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league had handled players' peaceful protests poorly, adding that it does support such activities, The Washington Post reported. Goodell started his statement by acknowledging that the past week has been hard for the country, especially black people. He then offered condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all the other families that have lost someone to police brutality.
Goodell continued, saying that the NFL is absolutely opposed to racism and the "systemic oppression of Black people." He admitted that the league had made a mistake when they ignored players who had used non-violent means of protest to make a statement about the oppression African Americans are experiencing. The commissioner emphasized that the NFL fully supports peaceful protest and they "believe black lives matter."