During the Colin Kaepernick NFL Controversy, Team Owners Discussed BLM
There was even a league-wide summit on it. In that summit, the owners spoke with executives and players to reckon with the meaning of the protests.
Dec 4, 2020Updated 2 months ago
Goodell organized a summit in 2018 in which 30 of the top owners, players, and league executives got together to discuss the kneeling protests. The three-hour, closed-door meeting was a rare opportunity for players and owners to meet and discuss the topic together.
In the meeting, Eric Reid—Kaepernick's former teammate and the first NFL player to join his protest—said he felt the league had "hung [Kaepernick] out to dry."
According to the New York Times, he added: “Nobody stepped up and said we support Colin’s right to do this. We all let him become Public Enemy No. 1 in this country, and he still doesn’t have a job.”
The owners, for their part, were more concerned that continued ire from President Donald Trump over the protests was becoming a black mark on the NFL. The Eagles owner, Jeffrey Lurie, warned against being "baited" by Trump, saying the NFL needed to present a united front.
During the course of that meeting, Goodell would have been able to hear from all sides of the discourse in order to understand what the protest was all about.
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Several publications covered this, including the National Post
Mavericks owner Cuban says NBA should allow 'take a knee' protests. National Post, June 18, 2020.
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