George Floyd’s death has prompted reactions from sporting leagues all across the world. The NFL is no exception to this, with commissioner Roger Goodell releasing a statement offering condolences to Floyd’s family. He concluded the statement with a need to “address these issues together with our players clubs and partners.” Now, the league’s latest tweets show fans that they are serious about this, and have taken steps to address the issue with its Inspire Change initiative to help challenge injustice.
The league tweeted that it is a time for self-reflection for all without any exceptions. Furthermore, they reiterated their commitment to standing in solidarity with the black community.
The league is doing so with their Inspire Change initiative. As per the initiative, the players, owners, and the league work together to create positive change in communities across America.
In a 2nd tweet, they vowed to use their platform to “challenge injustice.”
In a third tweet, the NFL let the world know about their philanthropic efforts. The NFL will commit more money, in an effort to continue supporting worthy causes, This is because they are aware that they know that they can and need to do more.
“To date we have donated $44 million to support hundreds of worthy organizations. This year, we are committing an additional $20 million to these causes and we will accelerate efforts to highlight their critical work. We know that we can and need to do more.”
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott donated $1 million to “improve police training and address systemic racism through education and advocacy in the country.”
In addition to the league, several players and teams showed support to the black community by participating in the Blackout Tuesday initiative. Furthermore, multiple NFL stars have spoken out about player protests during the national anthem. These include the likes of Super Bowl winners Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees.
Also, NFL stars like Odell Beckham Jr have used their social media platforms to pen thought-provoking posts inspiring people to unite and bring about a change.
What do you make of the NFL’s gesture to “challenge injustice?”