Today, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke about 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem.
Here are Goodell’s comments, from the AP:
“I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don’t live in a perfect society,” Goodell added. “On the other hand, we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. I personally believe very strongly in that.”
Goodell added that NFL players having a visible platform for their viewpoints. With that comes responsibility to use those platforms properly.
“We have to choose respectful ways of doing that so that we can achieve the outcomes we ultimately want and do it with the values and ideals that make our country great,” said Goodell, whose late father, Charles, was a U.S. senator.
“I think it’s important to have respect for our country, for our flag, for the people who make our country better; for law enforcement; and for our military who are out fighting for our freedoms and our ideals.”
I’m sure the United States military is delighted to hear that Roger Goodell believes very strongly in patriotism and has respect the military. That’s the kind of meaningful support that only millions of dollars can buy.