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Roger Goodell, NFL responds to players’ video, issues statement

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On Friday evening, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell responded to a video released by players calling on the league to issue a revised statement on the issue of systemic racism and police brutality. 

“We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People,” Goodell said in the video. “We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter.”

Goodell additionally said that he wants to “be part of the much-needed change” in the United States, adding that he plans on reaching out to players who have voiced their opinions on the situation. 

On Thursday, the 71-second video, which features Patrick Mahomes, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Tyrann Mathieu and Deshaun Watson, among others, called on the league to revise their initial statement.

The league released an initial statement last Saturday that was credited to Goodell. It said, in part, “The NFL family is greatly saddened by the tragic events across our country. The protesters’ reactions to these incidents reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel.

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