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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.