Sports News Without Access, Favor, Or Discretion

Roger Goodell Slams Trump's "Divisive" Comments About Players Protesting Racism

Photo credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the President of the United States demonstrated a “lack of respect” and “failure to understand” when Donald Trump attacked players who protest racial injustice and called for those “sons of bitches” to lose their jobs.


In typical Goodell fashion, the statement manages to both hit its target “hard” while dedicating the bulk of its substance to bolstering the character of the league he’s captained since 2006. The statement comes after Donald Trump went on an extended rant Friday night in Alabama where he called for players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice to be “fired” and criticized the NFL’s attempts to reduce catastrophic brain injuries.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

About the author

Timothy Burke

Timothy Burke is formerly Deadspin's Video Director.

PGP Fingerprint: CDD8 B3DD 3565 1540 B1F9 4D63 D2B5 398E 0CAF 2F9CPGP Key
OTR Fingerprint: 69085D53 4F369233 EA007F99 B4926AAD 8C458956